Football: Captain O'Shea signs Sunderland contract extension till 2017

LONDON (REUTERS) - Sunderland captain John O'Shea completed a week to remember on Thursday by signing a two-year contract extension which will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2017, the English Premier League football club said on Thursday.

The 33-year-old defender, who marked his 100th cap for Ireland by scoring a stoppage-time equaliser in Tuesday's 1-1 draw against world champions Germany in a Euro 2016 qualifier, moved to the north-east from Manchester United in 2011.

"He is our captain, one of our leaders, and I am sure he will continue to help us get better and stronger as a team. I really look forward to continuing to work with John," coach Gus Poyet told the club's website.

Sunderland are currently 13th in the standings with eight points from seven games and travel to third-placed Southampton on Saturday.