Given named in Republic squad
Shay Given returns to the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Slovakia and Czech Republic.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 28/08/07 6:08pm
Shay Given has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2008 qualification double-header against Slovakia and Czech Republic.
The Newcastle goalkeeper, who is yet to feature for the Magpies this season because of a groin injury, is expected to be fit for the clash in Bratislava on 8th September and the trip to Prague four days later.
Republic boss Steve Staunton said: "Shay has been training since last Monday and doing very well.
"He was on the bench against Middlesbrough on Sunday, so I don't expect any problems, but you never know.
"His experience speaks volumes, and Shay will have no problems regardless if he's played a game or not."
Everton midfielder Lee Carsley returns after being left out for the recent 4-0 friendly victory in Denmark, but Newcastle right-back Stephen Carr is out with a hamstring injury.
One new addition to the squad is defender Kevin Foley, who joined Wolves from Luton during the summer.
Full squad: Colgan (Barnsley), Doyle (Birmingham), Given (Newcastle), Henderson (Preston), Dunne (Man City), Finnan (Liverpool), Foley (Wolves), Kelly (Birmingham), McShane (Sunderland), O'Shea (Man Utd), Carsley (Everton), Douglas (Leeds), Gibson (Man Utd), Hunt (Reading), Ireland (Man City), Kilbane (Wigan), McGeady (Celtic), O'Brien (Hibernian), Potter (Wolves), A Reid (Charlton), Doyle (Reading), Keane (Tottenham), Keogh (Wolves), Long (Reading), Murphy (Sunderland).