Robbie Keane has released an emotional statement at his last ever press conference for the Irish team.
The Dubliner announced his retirement from international football last week, and Wednesday will see him play his final game for Ireland.
At the conference he said, “I’ve played for many many teams, I’ve but many many jerseys on but the Irish one always fitted me the best.”
“It was always a comfort blanket coming back with the national team, it’s been my second home.”
“I’ve had a lot of emotions in terms of my career, when my father died it was very tough for me. Three days later I was on a plane to play for Ireland. My son was born, two hours later I left the hospital in LA to come back and play for Ireland.
“Ireland has always had a very special place in my heart, and will have for a long time.”
He’s had a career spanning 18 years with the Ireland team and scored 67 goals. Although over the years there were suggestions made that he wasn’t fully appreciated, Robbie said that he feels that he’s done well, and we totally agree.
“I’ve played for the national team for over 18 years, you can’t please everybody.
“The same people after the game shake my hand, want to get a picture with me or want an interview from me.”
“That’s football, you’re going to get criticised, but all I’ve ever wanted was to do my best for the country. I think I’ve done that.
“Come Wednesday or Thursday or Friday when that curtain finally closes, I’ll look back and say you know what, you did ok, Rob.”
We’ll miss you Robbie, you’ve done Ireland proud.