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Shay Given retires from international football

Published 28/07/2016

Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given, whose international career has lasted more than 20 years
Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given, whose international career has lasted more than 20 years
Shay Given is put through his paces by fellow Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph
Republic of Ireland's Shay Given (left) appeals for handball after France's Thierry Henry (centre) set up Williams Gallas' winning goal in 2009.

Irish goalkeeper Shay Given has announced his retirement from international football.

The Donegal man, 40, took to Twitter this afternoon to reveal his decision, and thanked the Irish people, his teammates and fans for all their support over the two decades he spent in an Ireland jersey.

He represented Ireland at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, the 2012 European Championships in Poland  and Ukraine and, most recently, travelled as a squad member to Euro 2016 in France, though he did not feature.

Given previously retired from the international game in 2012, but returned to the fray at the request of  Martin O'Neill, and played a pivotal role in Ireland's qualification for France.

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