Newcastle United’s most capped player in the club’s history, Shay Given has now officially retired from international football.
Over in France as an unused sub in the 2016 Euros, the former Newcastle keeper has retired from the Republic of Ireland squad at the age of 40 to concentrate on his club career.
Newcastle’s greatest goalkeeper, certainly in living memory, Shay Given earned 82 of his 134 international caps whilst at St James Park.
Spending 10 years at Newcastle United, Shay’s international career spanned twice that since his debut as a 19 year old.
The outstanding goalkeeper started 462 matches for Newcastle and made one substitute appearance, before eventually not being able to take any more of Mike Ashley’s ownership and the management of Joe Kinnear, moving to Manchester City.
‘It’s every boy’s dream to play football for his school, his local club, and maybe in his wildest dreams, his country.
To try and be as good at football as his father was before him and make his mother proud.
I’ve been blessed that I was abke to do all this, from kick abouts in the yard back home in Co.Donegal with my brothers, to playing for St. Columbas College Stranolar, Lifford Celtic and then to making my debut with the Republic of Ireland aged 19.
I’m one of the very lucky ones who got to wear the jersey for his country and wore the bade 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 the amazing fans. I couldn’t have done it without you.
And all my great team mates, managers and friends at the FAI. Go raibh maith agat.’