Stoke veteran wants Euro 2016 call

17 May

Shay Given is hopeful he did enough for Stoke at the end of the season to be selected for the Republic of Ireland for Euro 2016.

Stoke: Stoke veteran wants Euro 2016 callStoke: Stoke veteran wants Euro 2016 call

The 40-year-old’s chances for the Potters this term have been limited by injury and the form of first-choice Jack Butland, the former Newcastle man featuring just five times for Mark Hughes’ men.

Given’s three Premier League appearances have all come towards the end of the season, including the final-day victory over West Ham at the weekend.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh was in attendance on Sunday to check on Given and Hammers shot-stopper Darren Randolph ahead of the Irish naming their squad for Euro 2016.

Given is hopeful of being included in the party for France but admits it will not be easy to secure a spot with Randolph, Sheffield Wednesday’s Kieren Westwood and Millwall stopper David Forde all thought to be in the mix.

“Seamus was at the game on Sunday watching myself and Darren Randolph (West Ham United goalkeeper) so hopefully I impressed him,” he told Stoke City Player.

“I am just hoping that I have done enough to secure a spot in the squad at the very least and then see what happens from there.

“It is down to Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as to who they feel should start the tournament. I’d love to be playing of course, but so would Darren, who I get on really well with.

“I’ve had a few frustrations this season with injuries and setbacks, but I am feeling really good now and am ready to kick on this summer.”


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