Given confirms ROI retirement

Stoke City keeper Shay Given has confirmed his retirement from international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Stoke: Given confirms ROI retirementStoke: Given confirms ROI retirement

Given, 40, has been capped 134 times by his country and was a member of their Euro 2016 squad, although he didn’t make an appearance in France this summer.

The veteran goalkeeper has now confirmed his international retirement as he intends to focus on the Potters.

Writing on Twitter, Given said: “I’m one of the very lucky ones who got to wear the jersey for his country and wore the badge with pride 134 times.

“But now it’s time to hang up the gloves and move from the onion bag to the terraces, where I’ll be shouting the lads on as one of Ireland’s biggest fans.

“So as I retire from Ireland duty to focus on my club career, I want to say a HUGE thanks to everyone who supported me all the way – my close family, friends and amazing fans.

“I couldn’t have done it without you, and all my great team-mates, managers and friends at the FAI.”

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