Duff dismisses quit claims
Winger wants to play football "until I drop"
Last Updated: July 3, 2012 12:01pm
Damien Duff: Insists he has no plans to retire from international football and is keen to add to his 100 caps
Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff insists he has no plans to retire from international football.
The 33-year-old won his 100th cap in the final game of Ireland's Euro 2012 campaign against Italy last month.
The 2-0 defeat completed a miserable tournament for Giovanni Trapattoni's men, which saw them lose all three of their group matches, conceding nine goals and scoring just once.
That led to speculation a number of the side's senior players - including Duff - would quit international football in order for Trapattoni to rebuild with younger stars.
However, the Fulham veteran insists he does not want to quit playing for his country and indeed is keen to keep on playing football at any level for as long as physically possible.
"There's speculation just because of my age. I'm 33 years old, but I feel as good as ever. I feel 23," said the former Chelsea and Blackburn man.
"Listen, I'm going to play until I drop. I don't think I'm interested in anything else. Fulham, Ireland, if I end up in the Airtricty League, the Leinster Senior League. I'm going to do all that.
"At the minute I'm still an Ireland player. I never brought it up that I was thinking about retirement.
"I've spoken to Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli, and at the moment I'm still available."