Given unsure over international future as fine form continues

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Given unsure over international future as fine form continues
Shay Given insists there’s been no contact from the Republic of Ireland management team despite Roy Keane attending Middlesbrough’s Championship clash with Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Shay Given insists there’s been no contact from the Republic of Ireland management team despite Roy Keane attending Middlesbrough’s Championship clash with Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Given has kept five clean sheets in his last six games and is enjoying life on Teeside since making the move on loan from Aston Villa in November.

The Lifford native retired from international football with 125 caps after Euro 2012 but with Kieren Westwood likely to miss the upcoming friendly against Serbia on March 5 after undergoing shoulder surgery, a recall for the former Manchester City goalkeeper has been mooted.

“If Roy’s watching me, great, but I’ve not spoken to him or Martin O’Neill. Their next competitive game is in September - a way off,” Given said after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Charlton - a match in which he made a vital 95th minute save to deny Dale Stephens.

Ironically, Keane, who played alongside Given for Ireland from 1996 to 2005 actually missed the late dramatics having left the Riverside.

Middlesbrough have picked up 16 points from 18 and are now ninth in the table ahead of Saturday’s fixture away to a Leicester City side who are expected to have Ramelton native as their substitute goalkeeper.

“I’m just delighted to be back playing. All I’m concentrating on is playing for Middlesbrough,” Given added.

“Defensively we’ve been great, but it’s not just me, it’s the whole team defending as a unit. In the Championship, you have to grind results out and we’re doing that well.”