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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Given: I'd consider Ireland comeback

SHAY GIVEN says he'd be willing to come out of international retirement if he's needed by the new Ireland manager.

Given, currently third-choice keeper at Aston Villa, quit the international scene after Euro 2012, and Keiren Westwood, David Forde and Darren Randolph have all played in goal for Ireland since then, but the 37-year-old would be willing to make a comeback.

"If Martin or Roy wanted me in the future I would have that conversation and see where it takes me," said Given, who has not played a game at any level since last January, when he lined out for Villa in an FA Cup tie.

But the Donegal man feels that the new partnership of O'Neill and Keane can work.

"Some people can be frightened of Roy and the way he speaks and looks at players. They go into their shell but players are more sensitive than they were in the older days. Roy can learn off Martin, who is a fantastic manager.

"We have some players who are doing very well like James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman, who are still very young in international terms.

"These players can only improve and step up to the plate because players like that can send Ireland to the next European Championships."

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