Republic of Ireland forward David McGoldrick has announced his retirement from international football.
The 32-year old striker has made 14 appearances for the Republic of Ireland in the last six years and was the focal point of the attack under previous manager Mick McCarthy.
McGoldrick scored his only goal for Ireland in the 1-1 draw against Switzerland in the UEFA 2020 European Championships qualifying campaign at the Aviva Stadium in September 2019.
Today’s announcement comes as a surprise ahead of three upcoming matches for Stephen Kenny’s side.
He appeared in Ireland’s EURO 2020 play-off defeat at the hands of Slovakia last month. A knock sustained in that game saw him miss the matches with Wales and Finland in the last international break.
The Sheffield United forward has decided to retire from international football to concentrate on his club career and family, according to the Football Association of Ireland.
McGoldrick, who was adopted and raised in Nottingham, made his debut in 2014 after discovering his maternal grandfather was Irish.