first_imgFollowing loan spells at Celtic and West Ham he moved his family to Los Angeles, where he spent “five hugely successful and rewarding years, both on and off the field, with LA Galaxy”.Keane added: “To all those who believed in me, supported me and picked me up when I needed a hand, you can never know how much that has all meant.“It was an honour to represent you.” Keane played for the likes of Wolves, Tottenham, Inter Milan, Leeds, Liverpool and LA Galaxy in a storied career.But he is best-known for his time with Spurs, where he scored 120 goals across two spells, interrupted by a brief and a less successful stint at Liverpool.The striker arrived in England with Wolves aged just 15 and made his senior debut in 1997, moving on to Coventry for £6million after two seasons in the first team.Further moves followed, to Inter Milan (£13m) and Leeds (£12m) before he spent six years at White Hart Lane.“I had the great privilege to represent and captain Tottenham over 238 games,” he said.“I had many wonderful times there and I will look back on my days at White Hart Lane with great fondness. The club will always hold a special place in my heart.” Robbie Keane is a legend of Irish football Robbie Keane was a hero at White Hart Lane, where his trademark celebration was a familiar sight 3 Robbie Keane has formerly announced his retirement as a player, having been appointed assistant coach of the Republic of Ireland team.The former Tottenham and Liverpool striker has hung up his boots to take on his first coaching role under new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.center_img 3 3 The 38-year-old captained his country for a decade and ended his international career in 2016 as Ireland’s all-time top scorer with 68 international goals.He netted 325 goals in 737 appearances for ten different clubs during a 23-year playing career.“Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer,” Keane said in a statement.“From Crumlin United around the world to the likes of Milan, London and Los Angeles, I could never have imagined the path my football life would take.“It has exceeded all the hopes I had as a football-mad boy growing up in Dublin.”New Republic boss McCarthy appointed Keane as his assistant last week alongside Terry Connor, following the recent departure of Martin O’Neill.“Playing and captaining my country has been the highlight of my career,” he said.“I enjoyed every moment of the most incredible journey with the Ireland team over an 18-year period and as I have said many times before, words cannot express how proud I am to be Irish.” Keane scored seven goals in 28 appearances for Liverpool before returning to Spurs after just six months at Anfield last_img read more