John O’Shea wore the captain’s armband on his 118th and final appearance for the Boys In Green at the Aviva Stadium last night.
The former Manchester United defender departed the game to a standing ovation on 34 minutes, when he was replaced by debutant Darragh Lenihan.
Ireland won the friendly against the USA 2-1.
37 year old O’Shea made his debut for Ireland in 2001.
He has always remained loyal to his Ferrybank roots and Ferrybank AFC formed a guard of honour alongside Waterford club Bohemians at the Aviva for his final match in the green jersey.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 2, 2018
Speaking after the match to RTE sport John said it was an emotional occasion:
“To have my family here and half of Waterford here was an amazing occasion and one I’ll remember for a long time.
“I was close [to welling up] but the good thing was my little girl Ruby, she was doing all the welling up and had to calm her down eventually.
“She was a tonne weight on my arm, I was thinking, ‘I best not drop her,’ but that’s the thing I’ll cherish most when they can look back on that too when they’re old enough. It’s something I’ll be immensely proud of going forward.”
He was presented with Waterford Crystal and said his dad would have been very proud.