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Ireland lift for Shay after Cup 'proper hammering'

SHAY Given hopes he can pick himself up from his weekend defeat in the FA Cup final by helping out with Ireland in the next two internationals.

Given's quest for an FA Cup winner's medal ended as Arsenal brushed Villa aside at Wembley, the Gunners winning 4-0. The Donegal native had just one day off before linking up with the Irish squad in Dublin for the first training session today ahead of the clashes with England and Scotland.

"It's not a nice way to finish. But I've got two big games coming up with Ireland so I've got to keep my head right for them. We've got to go again," Given said after the Wembley defeat.

"Arsenal are a great team, they deserved to win and no matter how tough it is to say, and how tough it is to take the ball out of the net four times, it's the truth.

"I did say last week that we all needed to have an eight or a nine out of 10 game to beat Arsenal and we didn't have enough players do that.

"It's disappointing, obviously. The best team won. Arsenal were a class act and we weren't good enough. It's just a shame about the 4-0. The last goal is a real kick in the teeth. It looks like a proper hammering."

But Given has reassured Martin O'Neill over his fitness after an injury scare last week before the final.

"It wasn't a major doubt, just a bit of a tight groin last week. It wasn't worth risking in the Burnley game and the gaffer just said to sit it out really so it's no problem. I feel totally fine," added Given, hoping to feature against England in Dublin on Sunday.