Emma Byrne vows 110th international cap won’t be her last

Women’s World Cup qualifier: Only shock victory for Irish side would give chance of leapfrogging Russia

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

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Emma Byrne has vowed to ensure her 110th international cap today against Germany won’t be her last as the goalkeeper looks towards another campaign.

Only a shock victory for Sue Ronan’s side against the nation ranked second in the world would give them any chance of leapfrogging Russia for second spot in the final standings. Even that finish doesn’t guarantee a play-off into next year’s showpiece in Canada.

Arsenal goalkeeper Byrne is looking beyond that, however, as she’s eager to prolong her international career.

“Although I’m 35 now, it would be a pity to bow out now as I’m certain this squad is strong enough to reach a major tournament in the next few years,” she said.

“I’ll know it’s time to retire when my knees give up on. Ever since I ruptured my cruciate ligament at 17, I’ve managed the knee but it feels fine at the moment.”

Centre-back Niamh Fahey is nursing a knee injury, so is expected to join Siobhan Killeen on the unavailable list.

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