The Football Association of Ireland today (Monday) confirmed that Shay Given will retire from international football with the Republic of Ireland. The 36 year old goal keeper spoke to Giovanni Trapattoni to inform him of his decision.
Giovanni Trapattoni praised Shay for his outstanding contributions to Ireland during his 16 year international and for all that he had done under his own time as manager during a lengthy conversation this afternoon.
Speaking today Shay said, â€˜This has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make. I have dedicated 16 years of my life to my country, and I have a great affinity with Giovanni Trapattoniâ€™s squad. Iâ€™d like to thank the Giovanni, Marco and Alan Kelly for their support during my time with the team. I will continue to be Irelandâ€™s biggest fan, and wish the lads well as they embark upon their new campaign.â€™
Given also continued to show his support and dedication to the squad by saying that should there be an emergency, he would happily return to assist with goalkeeping duties.
Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli have said that they are extremely grateful that Given has said that he would make himself available should they need him.
Trapattoni said, â€˜I understand the difficult decision that Shay had to make, and appreciate all of his efforts during his international career. He is a strong player, with a great character and his love of playing for his country always shone through. It has been a pleasure to work with him during my time with the team. I wish him the very best in his future. â€™
Given holds 125 caps for his country making him the highest capped Irish player in history.
Upon hearing the news, FAI CEO John Delaney said, â€˜I would like to sincerely thank Shay for his time and dedication during his 16 years with the Irish team. He featured in both the World Cup in 2002, and most recently EURO 2012, but above all, he always showed up for his country irrespective of his opponents or the occasion. With 125 caps, he is truly one of the greatest Irish players of all time.â€™ He added, â€˜ On behalf of the Association, I would like to wish him and his family the very best for the future.â€™
FAI President Paddy McCaul also said, â€˜ Shay has been a wonderful servant to the game during his time with us. A true legend, he always had time for fans and should be remembered for all the occasions he turned out for his country. He is an absolute credit to his team, his family and his country and will be sadly missed.â€™
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