Duff retires from Ireland duty

Damien Duff
Duff's retirement looked on the cards after Ireland's disappointing showing at Euro 2012. Photo: PA

Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff has retired from international football.

The 33-year-old has won 100 caps since making his debut in 1998 but has now informed coach Giovanni Trapattoni he no longer wishes to be considered for selection.

Duff told the Football Association of Ireland's website: "I found it very difficult to make this decision, not least for the respect in which I hold Giovanni Trapattoni.

"I have enjoyed so many good times in the green jersey and want to thank everyone involved, especially the fans for making the last 14 years so special.

"I want to wish Giovanni, Marco and everyone involved with the Irish team every success for the future and will be supporting them every step of the way."

Fulham midfielder Duff captained Ireland in their last Euro 2012 group game against Italy.