John O'Shea says he will "cherish" the memory of having his children at his final international game, and says they will come to appreciate the moment when they are old enough.

The 37-year-old captained Ireland in their 2-1 friendly victory over USA at the Aviva Stadium, and was treated to a standing ovation when he was replaced by Darragh Leinhan on 34 minutes.

Goals from Graham Burke and Alan Judge cancelled out a Bobby Wood effort just before half-time, to secure the win for Ireland and allow O'Shea sign off on a winning note.

"It was brilliant, the boys went and won the game as well in the end," the Waterford man told RTÉ Sport after the win.

"We know the boys, we can play much better. The tempo was a little bit slow but I think the goal woke us up a bit. 

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"It was great for [Graham] Burke and for Alan Judge too after all the suffering he's had with the long-term injuries. I think James [McClean] was still giving out to him, he wanted to hit it but it was brilliant to finish." 

O'Shea went on to thank his family for being there to celebrate the landmark moment in his international career in which he won 117 caps for his country since making his debut in 2001.

"To have my family here and half of Waterford here was an amazing occasion and one I'll remember for a long time.

"I was close [to welling up] but the good thing was my little girl Ruby, she was doing all the welling up and had to calm her down eventually.

"She was a tonne weight on my arm, I was thinking, 'I best not drop her,' but that's the thing I'll cherish most when they can look back on that too when they're old enough. It's something I'll be immensely proud of going forward."