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16 Photos That Make Us Rue The Injuries That Shortened Steven Reid's Ireland Career

Today we were saddened by the news that former Republic of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid announced his retirement from football.

After making his breakthrough into the Ireland first-team setup under Mick McCarthy, a string of impressive performances in the friendlies that preceded the 2002 World Cup saw his inclusion in the Irish squad for the tournament. However, terrible luck with injures meant that Steven Reid only made 23 caps for Ireland.

Some say that Cameroon goalkeeper Alioum Boukar's hands to this day carry the imprint of the Adidas Fevernova ball that Steven Reid struck so perfectly in the dying moments of the first group game at the 2002 World Cup...

His passing technique looked fantastic in photos...

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When he struck them, they stayed struck!

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That Nigeria game cemented his place in Japan/Korea.

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He loved an aerial battle.

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As he was prone to occasional moments of levitation.

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Sometimes he didn't even have to try.

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Although his GAA skills weren't so impressive.

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Mick Byrne loved him.

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His determined look struck fear into the opposition.

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If it weren't for injuries, who knows how many caps he would have.

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What a photo this is by the way...

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He loved representing the boys in green.

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Fair play to you Steven. Enjoy your retirement.

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