Legend Roy Keane Announces His Retirement from the

Legend Roy Keane Announces His Retirement from the Irish National TeamnewsDUBLIN Ireland (AP) - Roy Keane announced his retirement from international football Friday two days after Ireland failed to qualify for next year's World Cup."Like all football supporters in the country I was disappointed that the Republic of Ireland failed to qualify for Germany Keane 34 said in a statement to Irish state broadcaster RTE. Keane's broken foot sidelined him from Ireland's final two qualifiers - a 1-0 win at Cyprus and a 0-0 home draw against Switzerland. If Ireland had won it would have finished second in Group 4 and earned a playoff spot."Much as I would like to continue playing for my country I feel the time has come to retire from international football and concentrate on domestic football for whatever is the remainder of my career the Manchester United midfielder said.He also said that media criticism of Ireland manager Brian Kerr who is widely expected to be fired soon was "both unjust and unfair."Keane who first retired from international soccer after a bust-up with then Ireland manager Mick McCarthy before the start of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea made 66 appearances for Ireland.


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