Given counting the days until June

Shay Given has admitted he is relishing the thought of the Republic of Ireland’s participation at Euro 2012 in June.

Shay Given has admitted he is relishing the thought of the Republic of Ireland’s participation at Euro 2012 in June.

The Lifford native was featured on uefa.com this week and admitted although Ireland face a daunting task in a group with Croatia, Spain and Italy, it’s what taking part on the national stage is all about.

“We’ve got to keep the belief that we’ve got a real chance of doing well,” the Aston Villa goalkeeper said. “We’re relishing going out there and playing against some of the best teams in the world. We do not fear them – we’re just excited about the challenge ahead.”