Soccer analyst John Giles will end his long association with RTÉ Sport after the upcoming European Championships in France. 

Giles has been been a pundit with RTÉ since the 80s, covering all of the Republic of Ireland’s qualification campaigns in that time, as well as their major tournament appearances at Euro 88, Italia 90, USA 94, South Korea and Japan in 2002 and Poland and Ukraine four years ago. 

He has also been at the heart of the station’s extensive coverage of the Champions League.

"I can confirm that John Giles will be leaving us at the end of our Euro 2016 coverage this summer," said RTÉ Head of Sport Ryle Nugent.

"John has been an integral and much-loved part of our soccer coverage for over 30 years as well as a respected ambassador for the Irish football family as a whole.

"The Republic of Ireland's participation in this summer's tournament and RTÉ Sport's coverage is an apt occasion for John to bow out at the top and we wish him all the very best with his future endeavours.

"It's been a privilege to work alongside John through some of the most thrilling times for Irish soccer and his contribution to our programming has been phenomenal."  

It was announced following contract negotiations with RTÉ last year that 2016 would be his final year with the broadcaster.

The 75-year-old will sign off with RTÉ after the Euros in France, where Martin O’Neill’s men will face Sweden, Belgium and Italy.

Giles, a columnist with the Herald and pundit with Newstalk, has stressed he has no intention of retiring.