Ciara Grant, the Republic of Ireland’s most capped women’s player, has announced her retirement from international football.
Grant, who will be 35 in May, was captain of the senior team for the past seven years.
She won a record-breaking 105 caps and scored 11 goals during a 17 year period having made her debut as teenager in a 3-1 win over the Faroe Islands.
Her last appearance in an Ireland jersey was the 2-0 win away to Israel in a Euro 2013 qualifier last September.
“I’ve had a great 17 years since I won my first cap against the Faroe Islands,” Grant said.
“It was a hard decision to make but now is the right time to make it as the team is starting to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers.
“I have made some great friends from the players I played with and I also played with and against some great players during my career.
“I loved every game I played for Ireland and especially when I was captain for the past seven years. It was a great honour to put on the green shirt, lead out the team in front of family and friends and listen to the national anthem.
“I loved every game I played for Ireland and especially when I was captain for the past seven years” – Grant
“I had great experiences playing against the likes of Germany, France and the USA and while we didn’t win those games it was still great to be involved in them.
“It was disappointing that we never qualified for a major finals but there are good players coming through now who are better and stronger and I hope it won’t be too long before we do make the breakthrough.”