Ian Harte announces retirement

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Former Republic of Ireland international Ian Harte has announced his retirement on Twitter.

He said: “The time has come to hang the boots up. I have had over 20 years playing football and loved every minute of it!!! Now to the next chapter”

Harte made 63 appearances for Ireland between 1996 and 2007, scoring 12 international goals in that time.

The most successful period in his career was his time at Leeds United from 1996 to 2004. The left-back was voted in the PFA Team of the Year in 1999-2000.

Some former comrades from the pitch have wished him well, including Kevin Kilbane.

Harte, 38 and from Drogheda Co Louth, played as a defender for Bournemouth from 2013 and up to last season’s promotion-winning campaign.

But his appearances were sporadic and he was released by the club this May ahead of their Premier League debut.

Fans of Harte, a free kick specialist, have paid tribute to the footballer online.

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