Fulham star Damien Duff has revealed that he has no plans to retire from international football, at the moment.
The 33 year old, who captained Ireland on his 100th cap against Italy in the final game of Ireland’s Euro 2012, also stated his intention to play for as long as possible saying: “I’m going to play until I drop.”
Following Ireland’s poor showing in Poland , which saw them lose all three of their group matches, conceding nine goals and scoring just once, there had been speculation that a number of the teams more senior players, Duff amongst them, would step aside however Duff has rubbished those claims and insists he does not want to turn his back on his country.
“There’s speculation just because of my age. I’m 33 years old, but I feel as good as ever. I feel 23,” said the former Chelsea and Newcastle winger.
“Listen, I’m going to play until I drop. I don’t think I’m interested in anything else. Fulham, Ireland, if I end up in the Airtricty League, the Leinster Senior League. I’m going to do all that.
“At the minute I’m still an Ireland player. I never brought it up that I was thinking about retirement.
“I’ve spoken to Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli, and at the moment I’m still available.”