Is Shay Given’s potential international return dead and buried after Middlesbrough failed to extend his loan period? The Irish shot-stopper will return to Aston Villa at the end of February and will likely see out the season on the bench.
With Liverpool’s signing of Simon Mignolet, we thought the door had opened for Keiren Westwood to reclaim the goalkeeper’s jersey for both club and country. However, Sunderland’s recruitment of Vito Mannone puts the pressure back on the Irish international who has watched from the sidelines as David Forde has grown into his role as Ireland’s ‘keeper of the faith.
“I think Given looked overweight and was clearly unfit during the European Championships. I don’t think that’s a forgivable crime. I wouldn’t have him”
Everton’s Seamus Coleman will be cheering on his native Donegal in the All-Ireland final today and he’ll be joined by his club-captain Phil Neville.
The Irish camp has been rocked with the news of Damien Duff’s retirement as the Green Army prepares to mobilise again to a Samba beat. The next chapter in the Irish football story starts here with Giovanni Trapattoni’s announcement of the squad for the first World Cup 2014 qualifier with Kazakhstan.
He sat ringside at London’s ExCel Arena. Around him, thousands of green-clad Irish were in raptures creating a cauldron of noise as Ireland’s sporting superstar, Kate Taylor, powered to Olympic gold. As he hangs up his gloves, trying to replace Shay Given could prove a knock-out blow to our future qualifying hopes.
If report-cards were being handed out for the Irish players coming home from Euro 2012, there’d be a few large F’s and plenty of black marks against names. Former star pupil Shay Given also seemed to suffer from the class clowns around him.
While most of the globe celebrates all things Irish in March, Four Four Two made a major boo-boo this month. The normally respected publication dedicated their entire issue to foreign players in the Premier League and omitted all Irish entries.
Richard Dunne has been named FAI Senior Player of the Year joining Irish legend and deity Paul McGrath by winning the gong for a second time, a feat also achieved by Roy Keane and Shay Given.
Football mourns the death of Wales manager Gary Speed, aged 42. Former Newcastle colleague Shay Given was unable to hold back the tears as Swansea and Aston Villa paid tribute ahead of their Premier League clash.