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John O’Shea To Bring Curtain Down On Fabulous Career

After five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, Champions League and 118 international caps, John O’Shea will bow out of professional football at the end of the season. 

The former Republic of Ireland captain’s club, Reading, announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday, the centre back’s 38th birthday.

O’Shea will bow out following Reading’s final league game with Birmingham City on Sunday.

The Waterford native joined Manchester United as a 17-year-old back in 1998 before going on to have a stellar career with the English footballing powerhouse.

Under the tutelage of Alex Ferguson, O’Shea would make nearly 400 appearances for the Red Devils over a 10-year span. In that time he won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, four FA Community Shields, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup making him the fifth most decorated Irish soccer player of all time.

O’Shea won the first of his 118 Irish caps in 2001 against Croatia, he would go on to represent his country for 17 seasons with his most famous moment coming in October 2014 when O’Shea marked his 100th Irish cap with the last minute equaliser against then World Champions, Germany.

The central defender was part of the Irish squad that qualified for both Euro 2012 and Euro 2016.

After leaving Manchester United in 2011, O’Shea joined Sunderland where he would go on to make 226 appearances on Wearside before joining Reading in 2018.

O’Shea struggled to break into the Reading side this season making just eight appearances before the club formally announced his decision to retire following Sunday’s final league game at the Madejski Stadium.

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