Shay Given reveals Roy Keane's classy gesture after he announced his Ireland retirement
Former Republic of Ireland netminder Shay Given has revealed details of a message he was sent by Irish assistant Roy Keane after he announced his international retirement last week.
The 40-year-old, who was part of Ireland's Euro 2016 squad but did not play, stepped down after winning 134 caps in order to concentrate on playing for Stoke.
Given, who had previously called time on his international career after Euro 2012 before a rethink, represented Ireland at three major tournaments and was the team's number one at the 2002 World Cup.
Speaking to Marty Morrissey on RTE Radio One this morning, the Donegal native spoke about Keane's role in bringing him back into the Irish squad and Keane's kind message after he ended his Ireland career last week.
Asked was he close to Keane, he said: "Close as you can be, Roy is an interesting character.
"Roy is the reason why I got back involved.
"I retired after the Euros in 2012 and Roy was the assistant at Aston Villa and he could see every day in training that I had something to offer.
"He had a big influence on me coming back to the Irish set up and I'm thankful for that, and obviously getting into Martin O'Neill's ear and bringing me back.
"I text him last week over my retirement and he sent me back a really touching message and very kind words he said to me.
"People alway talk about his attitude or whatever likes he's unapproachable and stuff but inside the camp with the lads over the last few years, he's been brilliant."