Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has said that he will be taking a decision on his international future after returning from the holiday. The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper has been criticised for his performance with the national team at the Euro 2012. However, the Republic of Ireland were participating in this major competition after a gap of more than a decade.
Many fans were extremely pleased to be at this tournament itself. However, there has been stern criticism of some of the experienced players within the squad like Shay Given and Richard Dunne. As a result, the former Newcastle United goalkeeper has revealed that he will soon announce his decision regarding his international future.
Shay Given has been a regular for the Republic of Ireland since the 1990s. If he does decide to bring an end to his international career, it would leave a major void for the national team. Another player who has also been rumoured to retire from international football is Fulham midfielder Damien Duff. The former Chelsea midfielder recently collected his 100th cap for the national team in the match against Italy in the group stages. He has said that he is already aware of the future at international level, but will announce it at a later stage.
“I don’t know yet. It’s too soon after the game to make any rash decisions. I’ll sit down with my kids and my wife and family when I get home and just see what the best plan of action is. Obviously we’ve got a new manager at Aston Villa. I’d like to speak to him and see what’s the best plan for everyone,” said Shay Given regarding his international future. “I know what I’m gonna do but I don’t think it’s the time or the place to start announcing anything like that,” said Damien Duff.