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QPR defender Dunne calls time on Ireland career

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Irish defender Richard Dunne controls the ball during the Euro 2012 football championships match Italy vs Republic of Ireland on June 18, 2012 at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan
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Irish defender Richard Dunne controls the ball during the Euro 2012 football championships match Italy vs Republic of Ireland on June 18, 2012 at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan (AFP Photo/Janek Skarzynski)

London (AFP) - Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne announced his retirement from international football on Thursday after a 14-year career which yielded 80 caps.

The 34-year-old QPR player made his debut for his country in 2000 and his last appearance was against Kazakhstan in October, 2013.

"Retiring from international football has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make," Dunne told the QPR website.

"I have represented Ireland since I was 15 years of age, and have thoroughly enjoyed all the highs and lows that have come with playing for my country.

"I will continue to support the team as they embark upon their new campaign under Martin O'Neill, and have every faith that they will qualify for France 2016 (the host of the next European championships).

Republic boss O'Neill added: "Richard has been a remarkable player for both club and country.

"I had the pleasure of working with him at Aston Villa, where he had a big influence on the field.

"He has consistently given 100 per cent every time he has been called on by his country also. I wish him all the best in his club career."

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