Thursday 22 February 2018

Quinn urges Irish stars not to rush into retirement

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

NIALL QUINN has told Ireland's dithering senior players that they will regret it if they call time on their international careers.

Giovanni Trapattoni has left Richard Dunne, Robbie Keane, Shay Given and Damien Duff out of the squad for next month's friendly with Serbia amid uncertainty over their long-term intentions.

While there have been indications at various stages that Dunne, Keane and Duff will continue, there has been no confirmation, while Given is considering his options in the wake of a disappointing Euro 2012.

Quinn has urged his former team-mates to play in September's World Cup qualifiers, stressing they should learn from his own experience.

"I think they should all stay on," said Quinn, who was conducting a Dublin Bus event in Ballymun.

"Had I finished at 31, I don't know... it took me a while to get going. From 30 to 35 were probably my best years."

Quinn reckons that next month's friendly against Serbia offers the Irish camp a badly needed chance to lift morale ahead of the start of their World Cup campaign in Kazakhstan on September 7.

"The quicker they get the Euros out of their system the better. I know if I was playing that's what I'd be thinking," he said.

The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland striker hinted that the excitement of the build-up might have proved too much for the players, but he feels they can benefit from the lessons of a harsh experience.

Irish Independent

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