Wednesday 21 March 2018

Euro 2012: 'It might be time to let somebody else come in' -- Given

Shay Given
Shay Given
David Kelly

David Kelly

Shay Given remains uncertain of his international future after a tournament in which his below-par form has been just one of the unusual aspects of Ireland's implosion.

"I'm hurting really badly at the moment, so it would be foolish to make a decision," said the 36-year-old Donegal netminder who has seen seven goals fly by him in two games, more than twice the number Ireland conceded in the previous 14 games.

"It might be time to step aside and let somebody else come into the side now." Given was at fault for two of the Irish goals in Gdansk on Sunday evening and his general fitness and sharpness were also cited during the opening day defeat to Croatia.

"I don't know," replied the 124-times capped goalkeeper when asked if he had the desire to begin another tournament qualifying campaign.

"It's all a bit raw at the moment because we've lost an important game. At some point I'm going to have to make a decision. I'll go home and I'll have a long, hard think about it. It's something for me to think about when I'm on holiday and I'll discuss it with my family first before I make a decision. After the Italy game, we haven't got another game until August, so there is time to make my mind up."

Given also had a message for his former team-mate Roy Keane.

"I'm sure the fans have come here for a sing-song, but the players certainly haven't. Why shouldn't the fans enjoy themselves?" he said.

Irish Independent

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