Tuesday 23 January 2018

Richard Dunne: Living in France, it would be great for my family if Ireland qualify for Euro 2016

Richard Dunne
Richard Dunne
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Former Ireland international Richard Dunne says he is very content living in France and has no plans to continue his professional career.

In June it had been reported that the Dubliner had retired from football, but the 36-year-old denied this after leaving QPR at the end of the season.

Dunne has moved to France and says he has no intentions of finding a club after interest in England over the course of the summer failed to materialise in a move.

"It's just life, I don't play for a team at the moment and don't have any plans in the future to do it,” he says in tonight’s match programme for the second leg play-off against Bosnia.

“It's just the way it is. I still play five a side and seven a side over here, that's what I do. Myself and the family are enjoying life and taking it easy.”

Dunne, part of the Ireland side that endured a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign, is hopeful that his former team-mates can qualify.

“The kids are in school here so we just need Ireland to qualify and we'll be already here for the Euros, which would be handy,” he added.

The veteran centre half  retired from international football in 2014.

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