Injury-plagued Republic of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid has announced his retirement from international football.
The 29-year-old, who earlier this month signed a two-year deal with West Brom, has decided not to play for his country again in a bid to prolong his club career.
Reid, who has 23 senior caps, said: “It was a tough decision because I have had some terrific times with Ireland. But having weighed everything up, I know this is the right decision.”
Reid was handed his senior international debut by then manager Mick McCarthy against Croatia in August 2001 and was a member of the squad which travelled to Japan and South Korea for the 2002 World Cup finals, at which he made two appearances.
He also played under McCarthy’s successors Brian Kerr, Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trapattoni and started the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Montenegro in September 2008 before injuries once again took their toll.
Reid said: “The injuries I have had over the past couple of years have been well documented and I have taken this step to prolong my club career and to spend more time with my family.
“It’s a decision I came to after lengthy discussions with the club’s medical staff and my family.
“I have had some unforgettable times with Ireland, the highlight being making two appearances at the World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea in 2002, and it has always been a huge honour for me to wear the Irish jersey.
“It’s just a shame my injuries cut short the number of caps I possibly could have won over the past few years.
“I wish the squad every success for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers and thank the players, the backroom team and the management for their help, support and friendship over the past nine years.
“I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the Irish fans for their support. They always got behind me and it was an honour to represent them.”
Trapattoni was a big fan of the former Millwall trainee and paid tribute to him following today’s announcement.
The Italian said: “We are sorry to hear about Steven’s decision to retire from international football to concentrate on his club career at West Bromwich Albion.
“His commanding presence for the Republic of Ireland will be missed by his team-mates and fans alike.
“Steven always showed tremendous commitment to the Irish jersey, even during difficult times in his career, and for that we thank him most warmly.
“On behalf of the Irish team, we wish Steven well for his future club career and we thank him for his outstanding commitment.”
Trapattoni’s sentiments were mirrored by skipper Robbie Keane, who added: “Steven was always a great player to have around the Ireland camp, both on and off the pitch.
“His talent and experience were invaluable in midfield and on a personal level, it was always a pleasure to play alongside him. On behalf of the squad, I would like to wish him all the best for his future club career.”
Reid joined West Brom from Blackburn after a successful loan spell last season, during which he helped the Baggies secure their return to the Barclays Premier League.