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Saturday 16 December 2017

Given puts family first on future

SHAY GIVEN says he will hold off on making a decision on his international career until he has spoken to his family

The Ireland keeper won his 124th cap in last night's loss to Italy and while the 30-something brigade in the squad have mentioned the idea of retirement, Given says he's not ready to make that call.

"It's too soon after the Italy game to make any rash decisions," Given said. "I will sit down with my wife and kids and family when I get home and see what the best plan of action is.

"Obviously we have a new manager at Aston Villa and I need to speak to him as well and see what's the best plan for everyone."

Given added: "We're all down because the three results have been poor and we are all disappointed -- fans, players, staff, we are all in the same boat and the tournament has been disappointing.

"We played well as a group last night but we're disappointed to lose and we should have taken something from the Italy match last night.

"We haven't taken anything from the game but last night was probably our best of the three matches we played."

Trap won't quit - Keane

Robbie Keane has insisted there is "no chance" of Giovanni Trapattoni's job as Republic of Ireland manager coming under threat, despite their European Championship nightmare.

Asked about the prospect of Trapattoni being forced out, captain Keane simply said: "No chance."

Keane, who earned his 120th cap in Poznan, said: "It's not probably the right time even to be talking about it. The whole squad has come off a tournament and we're all disappointed." Asked when the right time might be, Ireland's record goalscorer, added: "I'm not even really thinking about it to be honest with you."

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