Irish players, management and members of the FAI have all paid tribute to Damien Duff, after the 33-year-old announced his retirement from international football
After 100 caps for the Republic of Ireland, as well as appearances at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2012, the 33-year-old Dubliner has decided to call time on his Ireland career.
Former international team-mate Matt Holland led the tributes, posting on Twitter as soon as he heard the news: "Just seen my room mate from 2002 Duffer has retired from int football. What a player and what an international career! Good luck to a top man."
James McClean, Duff's likely successor in the green, said: "sad to see damien duff retire from international football, was my idol growin up and to get to play with him was a huge honour."
Sean St Ledger declared: "really sad to hear of duffers international retirement. hes a true legend and its been an honour to play with him. he'll be missed in camp."
Reading striker Noel Hunt, who twice played alongside Duff in an Ireland shirt, summed up the feelings of many Irish supporters, tweeting that it was a "sad day for Irish football."
Speaking at today's Ireland squad announcement, manager Giovanni Trapattoni feted the winger. "We will be without Damien Duff who has been a truly great player for his country," Trapattoni said. "I thank Damien for his immense contribution and hope his professionalism and dedication will be an inspiration to the wingers who are now emerging in his place."
The FAI also released a statement looking back on Duff's 14-year senior international career, which began against Czech Republic on 1998. Paddy Mc Caul, President of the FAI said: “Damien produced some moments of unforgettable magic on the pitch that will remain with Irish fans forever. We thank him for his enormous dedication over the last 14 years."
John Delaney, Chief Executive added, "I have no doubt that Damien Duff will go down in history as one of Ireland’s greatest ever players. He has been an extraordinary servant to his country and has given us all some wonderful memories as well as being a true gentleman. Thank you Damien and all the best for the future."