Ryan Byrne/INPHO McGoldrick's only international goal was a crucial one, earning a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Euro 2020 qualifying.
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Ireland striker David McGoldrick announces shock retirement from international football
McGoldrick retires ‘to concentrate on his club career and family’.

IRELAND STRIKER DAVID McGoldrick has announced his shock retirement from international football.

The 32-year-old “has decided to retire from international football to concentrate on his club career and family”, the FAI said in a short statement on Wednesday afternoon.

“The Football Association of Ireland would like to thank David for his fantastic service and wish him all the best for the future.”

McGoldrick’s decision will come as a blow to manager Stephen Kenny on the eve of his latest squad announcement.

McGoldrick declared for Ireland and made his international debut under Martin O’Neill in 2014, and although he only won 14 senior caps, established himself as a central part of Ireland’s plans under O’Neill, Mick McCarthy and, most recently, Kenny.

His only goal in green was a vital one, a late equaliser which earned McCarthy’s Ireland a 1-1 draw at home against Switzerland in Euro 2020 qualifying.

He was named FAI Senior Men’s Player of the Year earlier this year.

Kenny names his squad tomorrow with Ireland first facing England in a Wembley friendly on 12 November before finishing their Nations League campaign with games against Wales and Bulgaria.

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