Shay Given hangs up his international gloves

LIFFORD native Shay Given has this evening retired from international football.

LIFFORD native Shay Given has this evening retired from international football.

The 36-year-old tweeted his intention to step down after winning 125 caps since making his debut as a teenager against Russia at Lansdowne Road back in 1996.

Given was a mainstay in the Irish team under managers Mick McCarthy, Brian Kerr, Stephen Staunton and Giovanni Trapattoni, with the highlights of his career his participation in the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan and June’s Euro 2012 campaign in Poland.

“After a lot of thought and consideration, I have made the most difficult decision to retire from international football,” he said.

“It’s been a great honour and privilege to play and on occasion captain the team. I shall remain a huge fan of the team as I have been all my life and I wish them every success for the future.

“I wish to thank all the players, managers, staff and most importantly the most wonderful fans in the world.”

“Finally I would like to thank my wife Jane, my two amazing kids and my entire family for their unwavering support over the 16 years and

125 caps.”

Given will continue to play club football in the Premier League with Aston Villa, while Kieron Westwood is expected to take over as Ireland No1. The Sunderland goalkeeper will play against Serbia in Wednesday night in Belgrade.

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