Robbie Keane announces his retirement from football as he takes up Republic of Ireland assistant coach role

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Former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane has announced his retirement as a player.

The 38-year-old captained his country for a decade and scored 325 goals in 737 appearances for 10 different clubs during a 23-year playing career.

"Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer," Keane said in a statement.

"From Crumlin United around the world to the likes of Milan, London and Los Angeles, I could never have imagined the path my football life would take. It has exceeded all the hopes I had as a football-mad boy growing up in Dublin."

Keane enjoyed a spell in Serie A with Inter Milan. Credit: PA

Keane played for the likes of Wolves, Tottenham, Inter Milan, Leeds, Liverpool and LA Galaxy after arriving in England aged 15.

He is also the Republic's all-time leading scorer, netting 68 goals in 146 appearances before retiring from international football in 2016.

The Republic's new manager Mick McCarthy appointed Keane as his assistant last week alongside Terry Connor following the recent departure of Martin O'Neill.

"To all those who believed in me, supported me and picked me up when I needed a hand, you can never know how much that has all meant," Keane added. "It was an honour to represent you."