John O'Shea has announced he will retire from international football after one last farewell appearance 2 years ago

John O'Shea has announced he will retire from international football after one last farewell appearance

Thanks for the memories, John.

John O'Shea has announced that he is retiring from international football after 22 years of serving his country.

O'Shea made his debut for the senior team 17 years ago, and has made 117 appearances for the national side.

O'Shea announced that he will pull on the green jersey for the final time on 2 June in the Aviva Stadium, when the Republic of Ireland play against USA.

In an open letter to Ireland supporters on the FAI website, O'Shea said that "it has been an amazing journey, but I feel now is the right time to step aside for the next generation to enjoy the experiences I am so humbled to have been part of".

He also paid tribute to his old friend Liam Miller, who sadly passed away earlier in the year. O'Shea said: "I’ve never taken anything in life for granted and the passing in the last year of my Dad, Jim, and my friend and team-mate Liam Miller has shown me that every moment in life (not just football) should be cherished."

He also mentioned his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and wished him a speedy recovery.

Here's his statement in full. Thanks for everything John, we'll never forget that equaliser against Germany.

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