Richard Dunne is a nailed-on Premier League legend.
Over 500 games for Everton, Man City, Aston Villa and QPR.
A head made out of solid granite.
So it’s particularly sad that Dunne retired last night… and nobody noticed.
He wrote a column in the programme ahead of Ireland’s match with Bosnia.
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It wasn’t even the top line.
“Qualifying is everything.”
Dunne lives in France now after failing to find a club following his depature from Loftus Road in the summer.
And so instead he’s going to concentrate on playing 5-a-side.
He writes: “It’s just life. I don’t play for a team at the moment and don’t have any plans in the future to do it – it’s just the way it is.
“I still play five-a-side and seven-a-side over here, that’s what I do. Myself and the family are enjoying life and taking it easy.
“The kids are in school here, so we just need Ireland to qualify and we’ll be already here for the Euros, which would be handy.”
Oh, Richard. How has it come to this?
OK, the *pace* may be gone. And the eyes aren’t as good as they used to be.
But retiring to play a format of football which you’re desperately unsuited to?
You’re better than that, mate.