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'Duffer you will be truly missed!' – Robbie Keane pays special tribute to 'best mate'

Published 23/12/2015 | 07:28

Robbie Keane and Damien Duff during a squad training session in 2011
Robbie Keane and Damien Duff during a squad training session in 2011

Following the retirement of Ireland centurion earlier this week, Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has paid tribute to Damien Duff, describing the Dubliner as "one of the greatest".

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The 36-year-old brought to an end a professional career spanning more than 20 years, in which time he featured in two major international tournaments and won 100 cays for the Boys in Green as well as a decorated club career that saw the winger claim two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho.

Duff was contracted to Shamrock Rovers for another season, but the Dubliner admitted his body was no longer up to the rigours of another playing season and has decided to hang up his boots.

Tributes have poured in from near and far, but one player who has shared a changing room with Duff more than most is record goal scorer Robbie Keane, from their youth international days right up until the former Blackburn player called time on his Ireland career following a disappointing Euro 2012.

In a post on his official Facebook page, The LA Galaxy striker has hailed Duff as one of the greatest players to ever wear a green jersey.

"It's been an absolute pleasure playing with one of my best mates for so many years!" he wrote.

It's been an absolute pleasure playing with one of my best mates for so many years! Duffer you will be truly missed!...

Posted by Robbie Keane on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"Duffer you will be truly missed! Best of of luck in the next chapter of your life!! Has to go down as one of the greatest we've ever produced."

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