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18 Photos From 18 Years: A Tribute To The Incredible International Career Of Robbie Keane

18 Photos From 18 Years: A Tribute To The Incredible International Career Of Robbie Keane
By Mikey Traynor Updated

Robbie Keane has today confirmed that after the most outstanding career in the history of Irish football, it is time to hang up his boots, at least in an international sense... LA Galaxy fans are probably delighted.

The news broke just after 4pm on Wednesday evening, and while we have been expecting this for some time, it still seems surreal that there will be Irish squads named without Robbie Keane in them from now on.

But here we are. Keano has been a part of the Irish setup for longer than many of the Irish fans who travelled to France can remember, and even. From his debut in 1998 right up until 2016, Robbie was the heart and soul of the Irish team.

From being the entire attack for the first half, and then the leader for the second half of his international career both on the pitch and in the dressing room, nobody loved pulling on their country's jersey more than Robbie Keane.

We've had a look back at his incredible career and picked a photo from each year as a tribute to the best striker this country has ever had.

1998 - Start as you mean to go on.

Robbie burst onto the international scene and had the fans buzzing from his first touch in the green jersey.

1999 - Chatting to the locals in Nigeria.

As part of the U20 World Cup squad in 1999, Keano was one of the senior players and clearly enjoyed interacting with the locals.

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2000 - Making a statement at the Amsterdam Arena.

Europe knew that had to do their homework on Ireland's new star.

2001 - Sending us to Japan with a vital goal against Iran.

Such a vital part of that campaign.

2002 - No comment needed.

One of the defining moments in Irish football history. You know where you were when it went in.

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2003 - The goals keep coming.

2004 - Breaking Quinny's record as Ireland's leading goalscorer.

It took him six years, and he played a further 12 years as Ireland's record scorer. Will it ever be broken?

2005 - Leaving one on a chancer from France.

2006 - Captain fantastic.

Steve Staunton's first decision as manager was his best one, captaining Robbie.

2007 - Leading the side out on an historic day at Croke Park.

An emotional day for all involved.

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2008 - The goals KEEP coming.

2009 - Heartbreak in Paris, but after an excellent goal and performance.

There were tears, but lets remember that incredible goal.

2010 - Helping out in dealing with a gobshite.

Like a true captain.

2011 - Celebrating successful Euro 2012 qualification with Duffer.

How can you not love this?

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2012 - Saluting the Irish fans for their performance in Poland.

2013 - The. Goals. Keep. Coming.

2014 - Still demanding responsibility from the spot.

Never ever shirked responsibility.

2015 - Celebrating successful Euro 2016 qualification with Marty.

Again, you just have to love this picture.

2016 - The end of the road.

Thanks for the memories, Robbie.

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67 games in 145 games. What a record, what a legend.

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