Shay to take time to consider his future

Donegal goalkeeper Shay Given is not going to make any snap decisions about his future in an Ireland shirt.

Donegal goalkeeper Shay Given is not going to make any snap decisions about his future in an Ireland shirt.

The Lifford man equalled English keeper Peter Shilton’s international record at Euro 2012 when he played in the final game. However, since Ireland’s defeat on Monday night to Italy and their departure from the tournament, speculation has been rife about a number of older players in the Irish squad including Given, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff and Robbie Keane.

However, speaking after Monday night’s 1-0 defeat to the Italians, Given has said he is going to take some time out and enjoy his summer break before making a decision on his Ireland future.

“I don’t know yet. It’s too soon after the game to make any rash decisions,” said Shay.

“I’ll sit down with my kids and my wife and family when I get home and just see what the best plan of action is,” he said.

“Obviously we’ve got a new manager at Aston Villa, and I’d like to speak to him and see what’s the best plan for everyone.”

Monday night’s game was also an unsatisfactory game personally for Shay as his failure to deal with Antonio Cassano header led to Italy’s first goal, yet he believes the team performance was a vast improvement on the those against Croatia and Spain.

“It’s disappointing of course, but I felt we could have at least put a performance in tonight that the fans can be proud of. I know we haven’t taken anything from the game. But I felt it was our best game in the three games in how we played tonight as a team.

“The disappointing thing is not to get a point or three to give the fans something to really sing about.

“It’s been disappointing but would you rather be here than not at the European Championship? Of course we’d rather be here and of course we would have rather got better results and got more points on the board. That’s the bottom line.”