Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given retires from international football
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper and record cap-holder Shay Given has announced his immediate retirement from international football.
Speaking on his official twitter account, Given said “After a lot of thought and consideration, I have made the most difficult decision to retire from international football. It’s been a great honour and privilege to play and on occasion captain the team. I shall remain a huge fan of the team as I have been all my life and I wish them every success for the future.
“I wish to thank all the players,managers,staff & most importantly the most wonderful fans in the world. Finally I would like to thank my wife Jane,my 2 amazing kids and my entire family for their unwavering support over the 16 years & 125 caps.”
Given made his Ireland debut back in 1996 against Russia, and played in all of Ireland’s 2002 World Cup games as well as each Euro 2012 game. The Aston Villa keeper is currently Ireland’s most capped player, with Robbie Keane close behind on 120 caps.