Given still has ambition at 38

Who says the players start losing their hunger once they get past 35 years of age? Look at Shay Given. The guy is 38 now, but, there is still ambition in his eyes. He is still going, not only in the professional circuit, but, in the international arena as well.
The veteran goalie had actually got himself away from international soccer by announcing his retirement in 2012, but, he has come out of it now and he has even been included in his national squad i.e. Republic of Ireland.
Given is not worried about how many matches he is going to play for Ireland in future. According to him, the more important thing for him is to be with the squad and make sure that he contributes in some way or the other.
In an interview recently, when Shay Given was asked if he is sure to be given opportunity to play in the forthcoming match versus Gibraltar, he said, “It’s not that important for me. What’s important is to make some kind of contribution even if I sit out. I would be really happy if I do that.”
“The purpose is to make the team qualify for the big competitions. It doesn’t matter who plays as long as that guy is living up to what’s expected.”
Given, however, admitted that sitting on the sidelines at club level can get a bit difficult as well as frustrating at times.
In the words of the Irishman, “You obviously don’t like that, but, if you are not the first choice, that doesn’t mean you sit back and doesn’t put in effort because you never know. Suddenly, somebody gets injured and you are called upon to play. So, you’ve got to be ready.”
Given has thus far had 38 matches to his name in Villa shirt.