Former Reading defender John O'Shea has joined the coaching set-up with the Republic of Ireland national team.

The Manchester United and Sunderland legend joined the Royals for his final playing season, featuring 11 times before retiring and joining the coaching set-up.

Ending his association with the club in 2021, he moved to Stoke City domestically, as well as assisting with the Ireland Under-21 team.

Completing his pro license last year, he now links up with Stephen Kelly in the first team.

O'Shea, who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League among his 14 honours under Sir Alex Ferguson, earned 118 caps for the Republic of Ireland during a distinguished international career.

"I'm delighted to join the Ireland senior international team coaching staff and looking forward to working with Stephen and the rest of the backroom team when the campaign begins in March," said the 41-year-old.

"It was always an honour to play for my country and put on the green shirt so to join the coaching staff and work with the current group of players and staff is an amazing opportunity for me."