Watch: Robbie Keane signs off international career with stylish goal

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Robbie Keane called time on his international career last night with his 146th and final appearance for the Republic of Ireland.

And the former Spurs, Liverpool and Inter Milan striker was able to bring out his signature cartwheel celebration one last time as he capped his final game for his country with a stylish finish in the ROI's friendly win over Oman in Dublin.

Signing off in style

The goal - which can be seen below - came in the 29th minute after quick improvisation by the veteran striker and was followed later by an emotional moment in the second half when the entire stadium rose to applaud Keane as he was substituted around the hour mark.


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Throughout his career on the international stage, the current LA Galaxy forward has always been a clinical finisher. His 68th and final strike for Ireland encapsulated that perfectly as he showed awareness and technique to volley home past the Oman goalkeeper.

Not only was it an impressive finish, but goal number 68 saw Keane draw level in the all-time list with one of the greats at the international level, Germany's Gerd Muller.

Speaking after the game, the 36-year-old was clearly pleased to end his 18-year international career in style.

"It was very tough - it was an emotional night for me," he told Eir sports, via the BBC.

"I just want to thank everyone who came along to support me and tell them that I've enjoyed every minute of my 18 years with the team.

"Everyone wanted me to score and I'm delighted to finish off in this way...I look forward to now sitting back and watching the team as a fan."

It will certainly be a night to remember for Keane, not least because of the ovation he received when leaving the field for the final time in a Republic of Ireland shirt in the 56th minute.

He may have had his critics at club level - particularly during an ill-fated spell at Liverpool - but Keane will retire from international football as arguably his nation's greatest servant.

Only three other players - Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis and Miroslav Klose - have now scored more goals for their country than Keane, and that is some legacy to leave behind.

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