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Ex-Tottenham, Liverpool striker Keane signs off in style for Republic of Ireland

Robbie Keane marked his final game for the Republic of Ireland national team with a goal.

LA Galaxy star Keane, 36, brought an end to his wonderful 18-year career for Ireland in the 4-0 friendly victory over Oman in front of more than 27,000 fans the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday and unsurprisingly, the striker marked the occasion by finding the back of the net one final time for the Boys In Green.

The goal means that the former Tottenham and Liverpool attacker ended his international career with 68 goals from 146 outings, equalling Gerd Muller's international goals record, and he will surely go down as one of the greatest ever players for the Republic of Ireland.

Keane said after the match: "I said a few words to the players after the game and told them, 'Never underestimate putting that green jersey on because it's the best feeling in the world'. It has been for me for 18 years.

"We're very fortunate that we have a group of players in there who are desperate to play for their country and turn up when given the nod. I think the future is certainly bright.

"I said to them in there, I wish them well in the game Monday and certainly in the qualifications. We have a great chance and a good team spirit amongst the players. I wished the manager and the staff all the best in the future going forward.

"I'll be watching now as a fan, which will be strange. I was always a fan but to watch it now sitting back and not being involved after (almost) 19 years will be strange. But I think this group of players will do well."

Sarad Bade Shrestha
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