Duff announces international retirement

Damien Duff has announced his retirement from international football.

The 33-year-old Fulham midfielder won 100 caps for the Republic of Ireland and featured in this summer’s European Championship.

He has followed veteran goalkeeper Shay Given in informing Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni that he no longer wishes to be considered for selection.

“I found it very difficult to make this decision, not least for the respect in which I hold Giovanni Trapattoni,” said Duff.

“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.”

Duff, who made his Ireland debut in 1998, captained them in their final Euro 2012 group game against Italy.

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.”

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