Injuries may open the door for Shay

Injuries may open the door for Shay

Shay Given's chances of going to Euro 2016 are stronger than ever this week after two of his goalkeeping colleagues suffered injury while on international duty.

Given moved up the pecking order at his club Stoke City after Jack Butland's injury in England's friendly win over Germany last Saturday night.

The Lifford man had himself suffered a knee injury last October and a place in the Irish squad at the Euros was under threat because of a lack of game-time.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot's injury for Ireland during Tuesday night's friendly with Slovakia means Given may now be an obvious choice for Ireland's Euro squad.