President Michael D Higgins thanks "wonderful ambassador for Ireland" Robbie Keane

The 36-year-old will play for Ireland one more time

Robbie Keane, Michael D Higgins

President Michael D Higgins and LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane ©INPHO/James Crombie

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Robbie Keane on an outstanding career as Ireland's record goalscorer heads into his final international match.

Keane has confirmed that his final game is on August 31st against Oman in a friendly at Aviva Stadium

In a statement, President Higgins described the 36-year-old as an "inspirational figure".

"Robbie Keane deserves to be recognised and celebrated as one of the greatest Irish players of all time and his achievements with the Irish senior team over more than 18 years will take some surpassing," said President Higgins.

"From his underage success with the national side through his remarkable record of 145 senior caps and 67 goals, Robbie has always been an inspirational figure for everyone in Irish football.

"In recent years, his commitment to the national side, travelling from Los Angeles regularly to join with the team, has been remarkable.

"Moreover, as a representative of our country wherever in the world he has played, Robbie has always conducted himself with great dignity and has been a wonderful ambassador for Ireland.

"On behalf of all of the Irish football fans, I want to thank Robbie for all he has given to Irish football over a glittering career in the green jersey.

"I wish him continuing success at club level, and I wish both he and Claudine and their two sons continued happiness and good health."