Thursday 23 October 2014

Shay Given in line for shock international return - reports

Published 28/08/2014 | 08:43

Shay Given believes that Donegal could have a long summer. Photo: Paul Thomas/Getty Images
Shay Given

Donegal's Shay Given looks set for a return to the Republic of Ireland fold after an absence of two years.

The 38-year-old, who was between the sticks for Aston Villa last night in their 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient, is expected to be added to Martin O'Neill's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier with Georgia on Sunday week.

O'Neill named four goalkeepers in his initial 36-man squad for the qualifier and the friendly with Oman; David Forde, Kieren Westwood, Darren Randolph and Rob Elliot.

According to the Irish Sun, Given will be asked to return by the Irish management team but will only agree if he is given assurance that he will play.

O'Neill was non-committal when asked if David Forde was still his number one keeper but it now looks increasingly likely that the 125-cap Given will start in goals if the reports prove accurate.

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