Daryl Murphy celebrates one of his two goals in Ireland’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier win over Moldova at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Inpho.
Waterford native Daryl Murphy has decided to call time on his International career with the Republic of Ireland after the 34-year-old informed Irish boss Martin O’Neill of his decision on Thursday last but will continue to play club football for Nottingham Forest.
Murphy, who scored his first goals in an Irish jersey at Senior level in Ireland’s World Cup 2018 qualification bid, cited his age as the main reason for his decision after Martin O’Neill indicated that he will be opting for a younger squad in Ireland’s bid to qualify for EURO 2020.
The striker, who made his senior debut in 2007, steps away from the international scene following 33 appearances that included memorable goals against Serbia and Moldova in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
Murphy featured in two games at EURO 2016 – the famous 1-0 win over Italy and the Last-16 battle with France – and was known for his power in the air, his teamwork and hard running, and his commitment to representing his country.
‘TIME IS RIGHT’
Speaking to the Herald on Saturday, Murphy confirmed his retirement. “I spoke to Martin on Thursday and I just told him that I wanted to retire. It’s a sad decision to make but one I feel I have to make. I have been thinking about this for a long time but I know it’s the right decision.
“I think it’s mainly my age, I am 34, at that age I see no sense in carrying on. I think Martin is going down a route with younger players anyway so maybe the time is right.It was a tough decision, a really tough decision as I feel good and am in good shape but you know when your time is up.”
Murphy also tweeted on Saturday morning where he thanked the Irish fans for their support. “I would just want to let all the Irish supporters know that I’ve come to the decision to retire from the national team,it’s been a hard decision to makebut I was just like to thank all the fans for all their support and I hope the best for the future.”
Speaking on Murphy’s decision to retire, fellow Waterford man and FAI CEO John Delaney said, “Daryl can be extremely proud of his international career with Ireland. From a young lad with Southend United in his native Waterford through to playing at EURO 2016, he went a long way and proved that he could compete on the biggest stage.
“It is a huge privilege to represent your country and Daryl always appreciated that. You could see how much it meant to him to play for Ireland – even when he had a six-year gap between caps; he never lost that desire to do his very best.
“It should not be forgotten that he also excelled in the League of Ireland with Waterford United before earning a move to Sunderland. That period helped to shape his senior career and I know that he is very proud of his roots.We would like to pay tribute to Daryl at the Aviva Stadium for his contribution to Irish football, at a time that is appropriate for him. Daryl and his family are welcome back to the Aviva Stadium at any time.”
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, who brought Murphy back into the international fold after a number of years on the outside, believes that the hard-working striker gave everything during his time with Ireland. “Daryl did really well in the couple of years that I worked with him in the international set-up and he was always very professional.
“He got to play in two very big matches at EURO 2016 and I’m sure the Italian game in Lille will be a big memory for him when he looks back on his days with Ireland.I wish him all of the best not just at club level but whatever he chooses to do after that.”
Murphy played at underage level for Ireland before earning his first senior cap against Ecuador on a summer trip to the United States in 2007 and his final appearance was in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Play-Off defeat to Denmark in November 2017. We wish him well in his International retirement.