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Given To Hang His Gloves Up?

Shay Given is contemplating whether to call time on his international career after the Republic of Ireland's lacklustre Euro campaign.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the bitter disappointment of Eire's no show against Spain, our keeper admitted that he knew he had a decision to make, but he would hold off on it whilst he was hurting:

'I think it might be time to step aside and let somebody else come into the side. It's all a bit raw at the moment because we've lost an important game but at some point I'm going to have to make a decision.'

Will Italy be his last game for the Emerald Isle? It's an international career he can be proud of if he ends it on 125 caps, but he also has to consider his club career and the additional stresses maintaining an international obligation can bring to somebody of his elder status.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 16 2012

Time: 4:19PM

Your Comments

I have so much respect for Shay, I wish him all the best whatever decision he makes :)
Green Villan
I'd rather the likes of Dunne, Keane, Duff and Andrews hang up their international boots than Given. But it's probably better for his club career. Ireland in transisiton again, need to bring the young McLeans, Colemans and Clarks through and get Stevie Ireland back in the team. And learn how to pass the 'effin ball.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
Be good time I'd say and also would help his PL career and aid us if he did retire I'd think.
The Fear
Dunne's been in the press today (I only ignored it as it wasn't really Villa related) banging on that Ireland were beaten by better teams (yes, can't disagree) but that 'their' best just wasn't good enough, which to me is a huge cop out as very few of the Irish lads in the last two games could come close to saying they played to their best! The amatuerish and comic defending for a start, if that really is their best some of them should find a new career.
mike_field
I agree mike, the whole lot of them were rubbish in my opinion, at their 'best' they would have at least given Spain a bit of a game. Yeh the fans are great and blah blah blah but what a disaster. I also agree with everything Roy Keane said.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
Ireland's performances were only because they were playing out of their league. To get into the Euro's was always going to be as far as they'd go, and anything else would've been a bonus. Also I suppose it didn't help that they were drawn in the 'Group of Death'.
VillaHippo
For years I thought Given was in the top 3 Prem goalies, but he hasn't looked great in this tournament. Some of that will because of his injury, some perhaps because his confidence was dented by our crap season and possibly a bit because of the players in front of him. I really hope he can come back from this, and quickly - or PL might already be having informal chats with John Ruddy. When Ireland were a good team, they had a hard core of players at top clubs (including us, at the time) - God, Houghton, Townsend, the Keane twins, Staunton etc (and before that DOL, Whelan etc). Now they're all from the bottom end of the Prem, or even the Championship. Anyone expecting them to cause the same problems as in 1990 or 94 was sadly deluded.
onlyteaminthemids
Yeah I know, having in the squad a player that is unattached, following a release from a Championship club is rubbing salt in the wounds (Paul Green).
VillaHippo
It's a pity Gabby's name wasn't O'Blonglahor, would have been a better option for them than that lump from Stoke, even after his relatively quiet season.
onlyteaminthemids
onlyteaminthemids you make a good point about the previous Irish teams having some decent players, the frustration for me is that Trappatoni for some reason ignored a lot of good Irish players because they don't fit in to his, quite frankly old fashioned style of play. To be more specific, midfielders like James McCarthy (this was before his sad personal news), Wes Hoolahan, James McLean, his reluctance to play Seamus Coleman, I'd argue Clark should have been ahead of Ward too. I appreciate what Trappatoni's done, but I'm not too thrilled he'll be staying on for Brazil 2014. It's frustrating being a fan of Ireland and Villa at the same time, I just hope Paul Lambert realises it's the year 2012.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
I say quit international football because I am totally selfish for Villa and not Irsh.
WentToRotterdam
I say quit international football because I am totally selfish for Villa and not Irsh.
WentToRotterdam
One thing I did learn from watching the Ireland games - thank fkkk McL wasn't allowed to sign that McGeedy from Celtic. Along with Ward at No.3, the worst player in the tournament (although you could make a similar case for Ashley Young - if I'd never seen him before, would be wondering how he even got into England's squad, let alone starting 11).
onlyteaminthemids
 

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