Republic of Ireland midfielder Karen Duggan has announced her retirement from international football.

The 27-year old has called time on her international career following the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Kilkenny-native was an integral part of Colin Bell's squad having played in all but one qualifying game during the campaign and was named WNT Player of the Year in 2016.

Duggan will continue to play for Peamount United in the Women's National League where she recently won the League Cup, beating Wexford Youths in the final. 

The midfield was 35 capped for her country having made her senior international debut against South Africa at the Cyprus Cup in 2013. 

"It's with great sadness and joy that I'm announcing my retirement from international football. I've had a wonderful time playing for my country and I've made some fantastic memories which I'll remember fondly," Duggan said.

"Unfortunately, with the next major championships three years away, I don't feel like I can give 100% for that length of time. With my work-life outside of football, there are a number of other factors which I've got to consider.

"I've given it everything over the last few years but now it's time to focus on what I hope to achieve outside of football."