Richard Dunne is considering his international future with the Republic of Ireland and has asked Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert for advice.

Dunne was part of the Republic's Euro 2012 campaign in which they failed to qualify from their group for the knockout stages in Poland and Ukraine. Now the Villa centre-back admits he has a hard decision to make in the next few weeks.

When asked if he had considered retiring, Dunne said: "Yes, it has crossed my mind a few times. It's easy after a tournament, the way it has gone, to make a rash decision and say 'that's it'. But I just have to think about things. I was basically waiting to get back into training with Villa and then have a think, see how I feel."

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