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Saturday, August 25, 2012

DAMIEN DUFF RETIRES FROM IRISH TEAM DUTY

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IRELAND legend Damien Duff today retired from international football ahead of the naming of the Ireland squad for an upcoming World Cup qualifier.

  The 33-year-old flying winger, who won 100 caps since making his debut in 1998, has informed coach Giovanni Trapattoni that he no longer wishes to be considered for selection.

Duff told the FAI website: "I found it very difficult to make this decision, not least for the respect in which I hold Giovanni Trapattoni.
"I have enjoyed so many good times in the green jersey and want to thank everyone involved, especially the fans for making the last 14 years so special.

"I want to wish Giovanni, Marco and everyone involved with the Irish team every success for the future and will be supporting them every step of the way."

Fulham midfielder Duff captained Ireland in their last Euro 2012 group game against Italy.

The news comes after goalkeeper Shay Given announced his international retirement last week.

Current Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni said: "Damien will be missed by us and by Irish fans everywhere. "He was immensely skilful and a great example to the players who come after him.
 I give him my warmest best wishes for his future career."

Duff joined Blackburn as a trainee in 1996 and stayed until 2003, spending three seasons at Chelsea and Newcastle before signing for Fulham in 2009.
He made his senior debut for the Republic against the Czech Republic alongside Robbie Keane.

Paddy McCaul, 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."

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