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Northern Ireland record goalscorer retires

Healy has called time on his career. (©GettyImages)
Healy has called time on his career. (©GettyImages).

Northern Ireland's record-goalscorer, David Healy, has announced his retirement from professional football.

Healy, 34, scored 36 goals for Northern Ireland in 95 international caps, almost three times as many as the next player on the list. He is also second in the all-time appearance list for his country, behind only goalkeeper Pat Jennings.

Healy announced his retirement after failing to sufficiently recover his fitness after his release from Bury at the end of last season.

A journeyman striker at club level, his list of teams include Leeds United, Preston North End and Rangers. It is on the international stage where Healy will be best remembered, however.

The winning goal in a 1-0 win over England in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign is one of Northern Ireland's greatest nights in recent history.

Healy also holds the record for the most goals scored in a UEFA European Championships qualifying campaign with 13 in the 2008 campaign, including a memorable hat-trick in a famous 3-2 win over a Spanish side who would go on to win the whole thing.

Healy has announced he intends to continue a career in football by studying coaching and becoming involved in scouting.

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