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'DIDZY' GONE David McGoldrick confirms he has kicked his final ball in an Ireland jersey

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David McGoldrick calls time on his Republic of Ireland striker career (Brian Lawless/PA)

David McGoldrick calls time on his Republic of Ireland striker career (Brian Lawless/PA)

David McGoldrick calls time on his Republic of Ireland striker career (Brian Lawless/PA)

David McGoldrick has announced his retirement from international football, bringing down the curtain on a Republic of Ireland career that caught fire in the last couple of years.

The Sheffield United striker only scored one goal at senior international level, but he emerged as a star man in Mick McCarthy's Ireland side during the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

He then turned in a fine performance in the play-off defeat against Slovakia last month, yet he will not be available to boss Stephen Kenny from this point forward.

"David McGoldrick has announced his retirement from international football," read at FAI statement.

"The 32-year old striker has made 14 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, having made his debut in November 2014 in a 4-1 win over the United States.

"McGoldrick scored his only goal for Ireland in the 1-1 draw against Switzerland in the UEFA 2020 European Championships qualifying campaign at the Aviva Stadium in September 2019. His performances during the campaign saw him named as the 'Three' FAI Senior Men's Player of the Year in August 2020.

"The Sheffield United forward has decided to retire from international football to concentrate on his club career and family.

"The Football Association of Ireland would like to thank David for his fantastic service and wish him all the best for the future."

McGoldrick faces a battle to get back into the Sheffield United team this season and he clearly feels that challenge can be enhanced by ending his Ireland career.

While Kenny has been keen to focus on the development of young strikers such as Aaron Connolly, Adam Idah and Troy Parrott, the exit of McGoldrick will be a blow as he looks forward to more Nations League games later this month.

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