Damien Duff retires from international football

Damien Duff’s retirement from international football is expected to be announced at 3.30pm this afternoon when Giovanni Trapattoni names his squad for the upcoming world cup qualifier with Kazakhstan.

Duff won his 100th cap for the Boys in Green against Italy in the last game of Euro 2012, but his international future has been up in the air since.

In a released statement Duff said, “I found it very difficult to make this decision, not least for the respect in which I hold Giovanni Trapattoni.

“I have been discussing the matter with Trapattoni for some time but I’m sure that I am choosing the right moment to bow out.

“I have enjoyed so many good times in the green jersey and want to thank everyone involved, especially the fans.”

Shay Given retired after the competition sparking fears that others of the Republic’s old guard such as Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne and Duff himself would follow suit.

Keane has told Trap that he wants to continue with his international career but it appears that Duff has called an end to his.

William Hill Sports


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