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Republic of Ireland's Keith Treacy. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland's Keith Treacy. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper David Forde comes on as a substitute to make his debut replacing Shay Given. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper David Forde comes on as a substitute to make his debut replacing Shay Given. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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Republic of Ireland's Keith Treacy. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

SHAY GIVEN says he's keen to discuss a return to international football under Martin O'Neill.

The scouting work by the Ireland management team over the weekend was significant. While O'Neill was at the Madejski Stadium to see Alex Pearce impress for Reading in their 7-1 rout of Bolton, Roy Keane turned up at the Riverside Stadium for the Middlesbrough v Charlton game, a 1-0 win for Boro, where Given was the only Irish player involved.

Given retired from international football after the disaster that was Euro 2012 and, while he did make himself available afterwards, his offer to come back was not taken up by Giovanni Trapattoni.

But his current form for Boro has sparked interest in an Ireland return, even though Given will be 40 by the time Euro 2016 comes around, should Ireland qualify.

"I've not spoken to Martin O'Neill, but my number is not hard to get. If Roy is coming to watch me then great," said Given. "They will be looking for their options in March because Keiren Westwood is injured. Giovanni Trapattoni said because I was not playing for Villa then he was looking in a different direction, which was fair enough."

 

TREACY KEEN ON GETTING NEW DEAL WITH BURNLEY

KEITH TREACY is determined to earn a new deal from Premier League hopefuls Burnley.

The 25-year-old admits he has had a frustrating period at Turf Moor since he joined the club from Preston, but Treacy is currently on a good run of form in a Burnley side who are currently third in the Championship table and he hopes it will be enough to win a new contract when his current deal expires in the summer.

"I feel the club as a whole hasn't got the best out of me yet," he said.

"We can make excuses or whatever about that, but the fact is I haven't played my best football yet.

"I feel there are still a good couple of years to come for me, and I'd like to do that with Burnley. I'd love to stay. If it doesn't come, it doesn't come, it's not the end of the world."

Treacy won the last of his six senior caps against Croatia in 2011.


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