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Saturday 19 April 2014

Kilbane calls a halt to lengthy career

Ireland's Kevin Kilbane celebrates his goal against Andorra during their Euro 2012 qualifying soccer match at the Aviva Stadium Dublin...Ireland's Kevin Kilbane celebrates his goal against Andorra during their Euro 2012 qualifying soccer match at the Aviva Stadium Dublin, September 7, 2010. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (IRELAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)...S

FORMER Ireland international defender Kevin Kilbane has announced his retirement

The versatile player made 110 appearances in a Republic of Ireland shirt and is and is the third most-capped player behind Shay Given and Robbie Keane.

The 35-year-old midfielder signed a one-year deal with League One side Coventry in the summer but has managed just 12 appearances, the most recent of which came in late October.



Kilbane started his career at Preston before spells with West Brom, Sunderland, Everton, Wigan and Hull.



Kilbane said: "I would like to thank the directors, coaching staff, players and supporters at Coventry City Football Club for my brief time at the club and wish them all the best for the future."



Coventry development director Steve Waggott said: "Kevin has been a great professional throughout his career and we would like to thank him for his services to the club, and wish him all the very best in whatever he decides to do in the future."

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