Former Republic of Ireland defender Darren O’Dea has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 32-year-old earned 20 Ireland caps between 2009 and 2013.

He started his career with Celtic before loans spells at Reading, Ipswich and Leeds United.  

O’Dea travelled the world from 2012, playing in Toronto, Metalurh in Ukraine and Mumbai, before joining Dundee in 2016 where he went onto become captain.

He was unable to prevent Dundee being relegated from the Scottish Premiership this season.

In a statement this afternoon, O’Dea said: "I’ve decided to retire from full-time football at the end of the season. It’s been a difficult decision as I feel I have plenty left in the talk but my passion in life is now in another part of football – coaching.

"My path in coaching started four years ago and I’ve become obsessed with it. It’s a career I can’t wait to begin.

"[Playing football] has been a dream I’ve fulfilled and now I’m onto trying to live my next dream. It has been a pleasure."