Saturday 21 September 2019

Ruby flying high after dad O'Shea calls time on Ireland career

Ireland’s John O’Shea with his daughter Ruby after the international friendly against the
United States at the weekend. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Ireland’s John O’Shea with his daughter Ruby after the international friendly against the United States at the weekend. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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One of Ireland's most experienced soccer players has called time on his lengthy international career.

John O'Shea (37) played his 117th and final game for his country in their 2-1 win over the USA.

O'Shea, who is the third most capped Irish player, captained the side at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, and was treated to a standing ovation.

After the match, he spoke of how having his family and "half of Waterford" at his final game was "amazing".

"I was close [to welling up] but the good thing was my little girl Ruby, she was doing all the welling up and I had to calm her down eventually.

"But that's the thing I'll cherish most when they [his children] can look back on that too when they're old enough. It's something I'll be immensely proud of going forward," he told RTÉ.

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