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Duff: 'I can't say I miss playing for Ireland'

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Former Ireland star Damien Duff. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Former Ireland star Damien Duff. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Former Ireland star Damien Duff. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE...ABC

DAMIEN DUFF has reiterated his desire to see out his career in the League of Ireland, but the 35-year-old insists that he has no regrets about quitting the international team.

Duff is currently sidelined with a knee injury and will miss the rest of this season's relegation battle with Fulham, but his thoughts are turning to the future.

The Dubliner is planning ahead and says he wants to move back home to Ireland to raise his children, with a spell in the League of Ireland on the agenda for the former Chelsea and Newcastle United star.

But there is no doubt in his mind that he made the right call in quitting international football after Euro 2012. "There was no great reason, it wasn't that my body was packing it in, and I can't say I miss it," said Duff in an interview with his old Ireland team-mate Keith Andrews, admitting that he doesn't even get to see Ireland games these days.

"I wouldn't say I watch all the games anymore. I have got two kids and the games are usually at the time you're putting them to bed. I don't miss it, one million per cent I made the right decision. But I am going to move back home to Ireland and raise my children so they can see their family every day. It's definitely on the list," he says of a possible spell in the Airtricity League.

Heartbreaking

"But I am not planning on hanging up the boots any time soon. There is plenty more left in the tank. Obviously I have to get fit first but I am definitely going to play at home in Ireland."

Duff said he is "heartbroken" at being forced to watch from the sidelines as Fulham battle for Premier League safety. "Unfortunately I got injured six weeks ago.

"I was given four days off and being an honest pro, I went in and did a little bit extra. I did some training on my own and ended up injuring my knee which put me out until the end of the season, which is unfortunate, especially with important games coming up.

"It's heartbreaking to see how the season has gone. We still have games left, hopefully we can get the points we need to keep us in the division," he added.

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