Former Republic of Ireland international Noel Campbell has died at the age of 72.

Campbell, who played 11 times for his country, was a star for League of Ireland sides St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers.

The Dubliner made his debut for the Saints in 1966 and spent five seasons with the Inchicore club, making his international debut during that time.

He then moved to Germany, joining Fortuna Koln in 1971 and played 194 games for the club over eight successful seasons.

During his time there, Campbell helped the club win promotion to the Bundesliga, becoming the first Irishman to play in the German top flight.

Campbell returned home in 1980 and finished his career with Shamrock Rovers before becoming assistant manager to John Giles and then eventually succeeding Giles as the Rovers boss.

Reacting to the news of Campbell's passing, FAI president Gerry McAnaney said in a statement: "Our thoughts today are with Noel's wife Anne and the Campbell family. I remember Noel as a really good and competitive midfield player who also broke new ground for Irish football when he moved to Germany in the 1970s. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."