Ireland striker Daryl Murphy has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 34.
After an international career with the Boys in Green that saw Murphy win 33 caps across a ten-year spell, the Nottingham Forest man has decided to call it a day ahead of the Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Murphy told the Evening Herald on Friday that now was the right time, especially with Ireland manager Martin O’Neill reportedly considering a more youthful national team setup for the upcoming fixtures:
“I spoke to Martin on Thursday and I just told him that I wanted to retire. It’s a sad decision to make but one I feel I have to make. I have been thinking about this for a long time but I know it’s the right decision.
“I think it’s mainly my age, I am 34, at that age I see no sense in carrying on. I think Martin is going down a route with younger players anyway so maybe the time is right.
“It was a tough decision, a really tough decision as I feel good and am in good shape but you know when your time is up.”
via the Irish Independent.
Murphy made his Ireland debut against Ecuador in 2007, but had to wait until his 23rd appearance before finally registering his first Irish goal in a 2-2 draw against Serbia in September 2016. He went on to score two more goals – both in a 2-0 victory over Moldova in October 2017 – and finished the 2018 World Cup campaign as Ireland’s first choice striker.
With the futures of more of the Ireland old guard the subject of speculation, not to mention the fact that the national side aren’t in competitive action again until September, Murphy may yet not be the only player to hang up his boots over the coming weeks.
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