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Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane announces international retirement

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has announced he will retire from international soccer following next Wednesday's friendly against Oman in Dublin.

Keane has scored 67 goals in 145 games for the Republic after making his debut against the Czech Republic in March 1998.

"It has been a wonderful journey for me to have played with the Irish national team for over 18 years since I made my senior international debut back in 1998," the LA Galaxy star said in a statement. "I have enjoyed it all.

"It has also been a great honor, for both me and my family, to have been given the opportunity to captain my country for over 10 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."

The 36-year-old intends to carry on playing for the Galaxy for a "few more seasons."

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

"I love my time playing with LA Galaxy and intend to focus my energies on continuing my club football for a few more seasons."