FAI salutes Kevin Doyle upon retirement

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FAI salutes Kevin Doyle upon retirement

The Football Association of Ireland has paid tribute to Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle, who has announced his retirement from the game.
28th Sep 2017

The Wexford native explained in a statement that his decision came on the back of concussion-related symptoms suffered this season with Colorado Rapids in MLS.

The 34-year-old had been named in the Ireland squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Round games against Moldova and Wales, but he will now end his international career on 63 senior caps and 14 goals.

FAI CEO John Delaney described Doyle as a 'great servant' for the Ireland team and acknowledged his years of service to Irish football, which saw him line out for St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City before moving to England and then the United States.

"I am very saddened to hear of Kevin's decision to retire from football and I would like to pay tribute to one of the most hard-working and dedicated players to have represented the Republic of Ireland," said Delaney.

"Kevin is one of the great Irish goalscorers of all time, who gave everything for his country. You could see that he appreciated every minute that he had on the pitch in a green jersey.

"He made his mark in the League of Ireland and quickly transferred those talents to the international stage. Kevin was a great servant for his country and I wish him and his family the very best for the future.

"We would like to pay tribute to Kevin at the Aviva Stadium for his immense contribution to Irish football, at a time that is appropriate for him."

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill heaped praise on Doyle for his professional attitude on and off the pitch, saying: "I am disappointed to hear that Kevin has had to retire from football.

"Kevin was extremely popular with all of the players in the Irish camp and he was an excellent professional, who has served his clubs and country very well during his career." 

A former underage international, Doyle made his senior debut against Sweden in 2006 and had the honour of leading his country out as captain in the 1-0 friendly win over South Africa in Thomond Park in September 2009.

The former Reading, Wolverhampton Wanderers, QPR and Crystal Palace frontman was part of the squad that won the Carling Nations Cup in 2011 and featured in two games at UEFA EURO 2012.

Doyle's final appearance in a green jersey was the narrow defeat to Iceland last March in Aviva Stadium. He is joint 21st in the all-time appearance charts and joint sixth in the all-time goalscoring charts.

Kevin Doyle International Career
Caps: 63
Goals: 14
Starts: 54
Substitution Appearances: 9
Minutes Played: 4,154
Debut: v Sweden, Lansdowne Road, March 1, 2006
First Goal: v San Marino, Lansdowne Road, November 15, 2006
Awards: Senior International Player (2008, 2010), Young International Player (2006), Under 21 International Player (2005), International Goal of the Year (2007, 2010, 2012)

List of Games Played
01/03/2006: Ireland 3-0 Sweden, Lansdowne Road
24/05/2006: Ireland 0-1 Chile, Lansdowne Road
16/08/2006: Ireland 0-4 Netherlands, Lansdowne Road
02/09/2006: Germany 1-0 Ireland, Stuttgart
15/11/2006: Ireland 5-0 San Marino, Lansdowne Road
24/03/2007: Ireland 1-0 Wales, Croke Park
28/03/2007: Ireland 1-0 Slovakia, Croke Park
23/05/2007: Ireland 1-1 Ecuador, New Jersey
26/05/2007: Ireland 1-1 Bolivia, Boston
22/08/2007: Denmark 0-4 Ireland, Aarhus
08/09/2007: Slovakia 2-2 Ireland, Bratislava
12/09/2007: Czech Republic 1-0 Ireland, Prague
13/10/2007: Ireland 0-0 Germany, Croke Park
17/10/2007: Ireland 1-1 Cyprus, Croke Park
17/11/2007: Wales 2-2 Ireland, Cardiff
06/02/2008: Ireland 0-1 Brazil, Croke Park
24/05/2008: Ireland 1-1 Serbia, Croke Park
29/05/2008: Ireland 1-0 Colombia, Craven Cottage
20/08/2008: Norway 1-1 Ireland, Oslo
06/09/2008: Georgia 1-2 Ireland, Mainz
10/09/2008: Montenegro 0-0 Ireland, Podgorica
15/10/2008: Ireland 1-0 Cyprus, Croke Park
19/11/2008: Ireland 2-3 Poland, Croke Park
11/02/2009: Ireland 2-1 Georgia, Croke Park
28/03/2009: Ireland 1-1 Bulgaria, Croke Park
01/04/2009: Italy 1-1 Ireland, Bari
12/08/2009: Ireland 0-3 Australia, Thomond Park
05/09/2009: Cyprus 1-2 Ireland, Nicosia
08/09/2009: Ireland 1-0 South Africa, Thomond Park
10/10/2009: Ireland 2-2 Italy, Croke Park
14/11/2009: Ireland 0-1 France, Croke Park
18/11/2009: France 1-1 Ireland, Paris
02/03/2010: Brazil 2-0 Ireland, Emirates Stadium
25/05/2010: Ireland 2-1 Paraguay, RDS
28/05/2010: Ireland 3-0 Algeria, RDS
03/09/2010: Armenia 0-1 Ireland, Yerevan
07/09/2010: Ireland 3-1 Andorra, Aviva Stadium
08/10/2010: Ireland 2-3 Russia, Aviva Stadium
17/11/2010: Ireland 1-2 Norway, Aviva Stadium
08/02/2011: Ireland 3-0 Wales, Aviva Stadium
04/06/2011: FYR Macedonia 0-2 Ireland, Skopje
02/09/2011: Ireland 0-0 Slovakia, Aviva Stadium
06/09/2011: Russia 0-0 Ireland, Moscow
07/10/2011: Andorra 0-2 Ireland, Andorra la Velle
11/10/2011: Ireland 2-1 Armenia, Aviva Stadium
15/11/2011: Ireland 1-1 Estonia, Aviva Stadium
26/05/2012: Ireland 1-0 Bosnia & Herzegovina, Aviva Stadium
04/06/2012: Hungary 0-0 Ireland, Budapest
10/06/2012: Croatia 3-1 Ireland, Poland
18/06/2012: Italy 2-0 Ireland, Poland
07/09/2012: Kazakhstan 1-2 Ireland, Astana
11/09/2012: Ireland 4-1 Oman, Craven Cottage
14/11/2012: Ireland 0-1 Greece, Aviva Stadium
11/10/2013: Germany 3-0 Ireland, Cologne
15/10/2013: Ireland 3-1 Kazakhstan, Aviva Stadium
15/11/2013: Ireland 3-0 Latvia, Aviva Stadium
19/11/2013: Poland 0-0 Ireland, Poznan
07/06/2014: Costa Rica 1-1 Ireland, Philadelphia
10/06/2014: Portugal 5-1 Ireland, New Jersey
03/09/2014: Ireland 2-0 Oman, Aviva Stadium
11/10/2014: Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar, Aviva Stadium
25/03/2016: Ireland 1-0 Switzerland, Aviva Stadium
28/03/2017: Ireland 0-1 Iceland, Aviva Stadium 

List of Goals Scored
15/11/2006: Ireland 5-0 San Marino, Lansdowne Road
28/03/2007: Ireland 1-0 Slovakia, Croke Park
23/05/2007: Ireland 1-1 Ecuador, New Jersey
08/09/2007: Slovakia 2-2 Ireland, Bratislava
17/11/2008: Wales 2-2 Ireland, Cardiff
06/09/2008: Georgia 1-2 Ireland, Mainz
05/09/2009: Cyprus 1-2 Ireland, Nicosia
25/05/2010: Ireland 2-1 Paraguay, RDS
07/09/2010: Ireland 3-1 Andorra, Aviva Stadium
07/10/2011: Andorra 0-2 Ireland, Andorra la Velle
07/09/2012: Kazakhstan 1-2 Ireland, Astana
11/09/2012: Ireland 4-1 Oman, Craven Cottage
07/06/2014: Costa Rica 1-1 Ireland, Philadelphia
03/09/2014: Ireland 2-0 Oman, Aviva Stadium