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Published: 15:54 | 29/8/16

Keane: It will be very emotional

Skipper prepares for farewell

Robbie Keane is expecting an emotional night when he lines out for the Republic of Ireland for the final time.

Keane announced his international retirement last Thursday with the LA Galaxy striker set to bow out against Oman at the Aviva Stadium.

His 146th and final cap will come in front of his home fans and speaking at a press conference on Monday the Ireland skipper paid tribute to the supporters ahead of his farewell appearance.

"It's been an emotional week. It's been surreal. I've dreaded this day for a long time [but] it's the right time for me," Keane told reporters. "To the fans, it's been an incredible journey and something I'll never forget. Wednesday night will be very emotional."

Keane was handed his senior international debut as a 17-year-old by Mick McCarthy against the Czech Republic in March 1998 and in his 18-year Ireland career he has scored 67 goals, while he has represented his country at three major tournaments.

Reflecting on his international career, Keane added: "The defining moment of my career was being given the Ireland captain's armband at the age of 26. It was a big moment for me.

"I've had so many wonderful memories, but it's the right time. I've played for 18 years. You can't please everybody. All I ever wanted was to do my best for my country. I think I did okay."

"I've played for many teams. I've worn many different jerseys. The Irish jersey has always been the best fit. It's been special.

"The Germany goal [at the 2002 World Cup] will always stand out for me but nothing will ever beat my first goal for Ireland against Malta."

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