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24 of the most memorable pics from Richard Dunne's Ireland career

The Dubliner is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders to ever wear the green shirt.

1. Pictured as an Ireland under-18 international in 1996

Richard Dunne  Republic of Ireland Youth Soccer Under 18 1996 Source: © Patrick Bolger/INPHO

2. Marking Emile Heskey during Steve Staunton’s testimonial in 2000

Emile Heskey and Richard Dunne 21/5/2000 Source: Tom Honan/INPHO

3. Celebrating a goal against Estonia in 2001

Richard Dunne DIGITAL Source: INPHO

4. Relaxing alongside Damien Duff in 2001

Richard Dunne and Damien Duff 14/8/2001 DIGITAL Source: INPHO

5. Out-jumping Holland’s Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2001

Richard Dunne and Ruud Van Nistlerooy Source: INPHO

6. Heading the ball away against Germany in 2006

Richard Dunn heads the ball 2/9/2006 Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

7. Ireland players react to the concession of a goal against Cyprus in 2006

Clinton Morrison and Stephen Ireland 7/10/2006

8. Giving Robbie Keane a piggyback in 2006

Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne 7/10/2006 Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

9. Tackling Marek Sapara of Slovakia in 2007

Richard Dunne slide tackles Marek Sapara

10. Player of the year Richard Dunne, former Ireland manager Jack Charlton and goal of the year winner Kevin Doyle with their awards in 2008

Player of the year Richard Dunne Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

11. Richard Dunne scores Ireland’s opening goal against Bulgaria in 2009

Richard Dunne scores the opening goal Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

12. Challenging Michael Constantinou of Cyprus

Richard Dunne and Michael Constantinou Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

13. Scoring another header against Bulgaria

Richard Dunne of Ireland scores a goal Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

14. Dunne winning a header against Alberto Gilardino of Italy in 2009

Richard Dunne with Alberto Gilardino Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

15. Sitting with Thierry Henry after the infamous Ireland-France play-off in 2009

Theirry Henry and Richard Dunne after the game Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

16. Challenging Argentina’s Lionel Messi in 2010

Richard Dunne and Lionel Messi Source: Lorraine O'Sullvian/INPHO

17. Shielding the ball from Wales’ Hal Robson-Kanu

Soccer - Carling Nations Cup - Republic of Ireland v Wales - Aviva Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

18. Stopping a shot on the line from  Igor Semshov of Russia in 2011

Richard Dunne stops a shot on the line from Igor Semshov Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

19. Tackling Yuri Zhirkov of Russia

Richard Dunne tackles Yuri Zhirkov Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

20. With the number 5 written on his jersey against Russia

Richard Dunne with the number 5 written on his jersey Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

21. A Richard Dunne flag

A Richard Dunne flag Source: James Crombie/INPHO

22. Questioning a referee’s decision

Richard Dunne Source: Cathal Noonan

23. Looking dejected during the 2012 Euros against Spain

Richard Dunne dejected after Spain score their third goal Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

24. Reacting with Robbie Keane after the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Austria

Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne after the game Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

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