The curtain comes down on John O’Shea’s international career tonight.
The 37-year-old will skipper the Republic of Ireland for his 118th and final cap against the United States in their friendly at the Aviva Stadium.
Speaking ahead of this evening’s clash, O’Shea said he was looking forward to taking part in a good game.
“I’m excited and looking forward to it,” he said. “We’re looking to win the game, most importantly and enjoy it as I’ve always done. When you put the Ireland jersey on it’s a fantastic honour, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.”
Speaking to Irish Examiner, Ireland boss Martin O’Neill paid tribute to O’Shea and his contribution to the cause.
He said: “I know people shower praise on someone who is just about to leave, but he has been a great influence and even though just in recent times he would have less chance of playing with other players younger than he being in the side, to have him around and for him not to retire just after the Euros was particularly great for myself.
“I wanted him around at the time and his influence is there for all to see.”