Newcastle´s Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Carr has announced his retirement from international football.

The 31-year-old full-back, who was capped 44 times at senior international level, has decided to call it a day after the Republic missed out on next summer´s Euro 2008 finals.

He told his club´s official website, www.nufc.co.uk: "I feel honoured to have represented the Republic of Ireland on 44 occasions and have thoroughly enjoyed my international career.

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