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Saturday 16 December 2017

Given may quit international game

SHAY GIVEN says that Ireland will assess their future as an international team once Monday's dead rubber against Italy in the final group game of Euro 2012 is out of the way.

Given also revealed that he is considering quitting international football. "It's a bit raw at the moment but I'm going to have to think about it," he said.

"I don't know where we go from here, but we have come off second best. So we will go into the Italy game, lick our wounds and see where we go after that.

"The fans were brilliant for us last night and we owe it to them to try and get back to the next one," added Given.

"This is an elite competition with elite teams and elite players.



TOUGH

"When you get to a World Cup you get teams like Saudi Arabia or New Zealand -- no disrespect to them -- who you fancy beating but in the European Championships it's the best of the best.

"Someone like Torres, he's a great player, and he showed last night just what a class act he is and why Chelsea paid that money for him."

He added: "It was going to be a tough game as they were the world champions and they showed last night that they are a great team. They pulled us apart on a few occasions and deserved the win.

"I was disappointed to concede four. When you play a side like Spain you expect to make saves and I made a few, but it's bitterly disappointing to let in four in one game."

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