Wednesday 26 October 2016

Robbie's Galaxy club career continues

Keane in MLS action for Los Angeles Galaxy. Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea
Keane in MLS action for Los Angeles Galaxy. Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea

Robbie Keane intends to continue to play at club level for LA Galaxy "for some time" according to a lengthy statement issued to mark his international retirement.

"It has been a wonderful journey for me to have played with the Irish national team for over eighteen years since I made my senior international debut back in 1998. I have enjoyed it all," he said.

"It has also been a great honour, for both me and my family, to have been given the opportunity to captain my country for over ten years.

"As a young boy growing up in Dublin playing football on the street I could never have imagined the path my life would take - it has exceeded my wildest expectations.

"I have been extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to play for and captain my country - it was my ultimate goal all those years ago and it has been, by far, my greatest achievement.

"I would never have believed all those years ago that I would get the opportunity to play for my country 145 times and to score 67 goals and through it all, I have never stopped chasing the next one!

"I have been very fortunate to play at major tournaments for Ireland over the years and I will cherish all of those memories but one in particular stands out - the 2002 World Cup and scoring the late goal in Ibaraki, Japan against Oliver Kahn.

"The atmosphere, the adrenaline & the buzz from the fans that night is something I will always remember.

"I would like to thank all those who have supported me throughout my international career and who helped to make it all possible.

"Thanks to my parents and my family for everything they have given me and who have always helped me throughout with their absolute support and advice.

"I would also like to acknowledge the guidance of my uncle, Noel Byrne, for encouraging me to convert into a striker at Fettercairn and to Larry Fox & Jem Loughran who looked after me so well at Crumlin United.

"Thanks to the coaches and managers I have worked with at all stages of my international career and who helped me develop as a player.

"To Mick McCarthy - thanks for taking a chance and giving me my international debut as a 17 year old and to all the International managers I have played for since then right up to the present day with Martin & Roy and the special backroom staff.

"While this is the end of my international career, I hope to continue to play for some years yet."

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