Thursday 8 December 2016

David Beckham pays heartfelt tribute to Robbie Keane following international retirement

Tom Rooney

Published 25/08/2016 | 09:21

Robbie Keane hands David Beckham the trophy after the Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo to win the MLS Cup in 2012.
Robbie Keane hands David Beckham the trophy after the Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo to win the MLS Cup in 2012.

David Beckham was one of many from football’s elite to pay heartfelt homage to Robbie Keane, following yesterday’s announcement that he is to retire from international football.

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Few could claim it was unexpected, but Robbie Keane’s decision to hang up his Irish boots after 18 years, 145 caps and a record-breaking 67 goals, felt like the end of an era.

The striker will make his last appearance for the Boys in Green in next Wednesday’s friendly against Oman at the Aviva Stadium, where he will bid a final farewell to the supporters he’s brought some much joy to over the course of nearly two decades.

Keane has enjoyed a prolonged career Indian summer with LA Galaxy, having arrived in the MLS in 2011 from Tottenham Hotspur after unremarkable loan spells with West Ham and Celtic.

The Tallaght man struck up a strong bond with David Beckham during his early days in California, and the pair helped the Galaxy to consecutive MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012, before the latter departed for PSG.

Indeed, Beckham took to Instagram once news of Keane’s retirement reached him, and was effusive in his praise of the former Irish skipper.

He also all but urged the Irish fans to give Keane the appropriate send off next week.

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