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Dunne and dusted

RICHARD DUNNE has called time on his Republic of Ireland career, announcing last night his decision to retire from international football.

Dunne, who turns 35 next month, has not played for the Ireland under Martin O'Neill as his last cap came against Kazakhstan last year and it seen as doubtful if O'Neill still saw a role for the veteran.

But now the Tallaght man has made the decision to step away from the Irish set-up, with immediate effect.

"Retiring from international football has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make," said Dunne in a statement issued by the FAI.


"I have represented Ireland since I was 15 years of age, and have thoroughly enjoyed all the highs and lows that have come with playing for my country.

I will continue to support the team as they embark upon their new campaign under Martin O'Neill, and have every faith that they will qualify for France 2016."

Dunne made his senior debut under Mick McCarthy back in 2000 and starred for the side in the early games of the World Cup qualifying campaign, but he never got to play in the finals in Japan and Korea.

An ever-present at Euro 2012 he won his 80th cap under Noel King in the win over Kazakhstan but that proved to be his final outing.

Dunne remains active at club level with QPR and will be part of their Premier League campaign next season.