Robbie Keane announces retirement from football

SPURS: Robbie Keane for Tottenham.

The former Ireland international hangs up his boots.

Robbie Keane has announced his playing retirement from football.

The former Tottenham striker has now been named by Mick McCarthy as his assistant coach with the Republic of Ireland national side.

The 38-year-old began his career with Wolves in 1997 and played for 11 clubs, including Tottenham, Liverpool, Leeds and LA Galaxy.

Keane scored impressive 325 goals in 737 club appearances and 68 times for Ireland, making him the country’s record goalscorer.

SPURS: Tottenhams Steed Malbranque Robbie Keane, Aaron Lennon og Pascal Chimbonda in 2007.AP

Keane scored a record 68 goals in 146 Ireland appearances.

“Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer,” Keane said in a statement. “[My career] has exceeded all the hopes I had as a football-mad boy growing up in Dublin.

“Playing and captaining my country has been the highlight of my career. Words cannot express how proud I am to be Irish. I hope I have made the fans proud wearing the green jersey and armband.

“I take great pride in having scored 325 goals in 737 club appearances and 68 goals in 146 international appearances for the Republic of Ireland. But for me, it was about making my family proud and the friendships that this wonderful game has given me.”

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