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Dunne retires from internationals
31 Jul 2014 21:09
Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne has announced his retirement from international football.
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The 34-year-old QPR player made his debut for Ireland in 2000, going on to win 80 caps, the last of which came against Kazakhstan last October.
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The 34-year-old defender has spoken to Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to inform him of his decision.
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Dunne said retiring had been an "extremely difficult" decision to take. "I have represented Ireland since I was 15 years of age, and have thoroughly enjoyed all the highs and lows that have come with playing for my country," Dunne said.
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"I will continue to support the team as they embark upon their new campaign under Martin O’Neill, and have every faith that they will qualify for France 2016."
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He continued: "I’d like to thank everyone I worked alongside during my time with Ireland, from managers to players to backroom staff.
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"A special mention also goes to the fans. Their support has been immense, and I will always be grateful to them. I have so many great memories, that will stay with me forever."
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O'Neill hailed the Dubliner as "a remarkable player for both club and country" who had always given 100% for Ireland.
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"I had the pleasure of working with him at Aston Villa, where he had a big influence on the field," O'Neill said.
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"He has consistently given 100% every time he has been called on by his country also. I wish him all the best in his club career."
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