Not Given up
Shay Given on why he called time on his Ireland career and his thoughts on Giovanni Trapattoni's future.
Last Updated: 16/12/12 5:54pm
Shay Given explains to Kammy and Ben why he called time on his Ireland career and Giovanni Trapattoni's future.
Given retired from international duty in the summer to concentrate on becoming the number one goalkeeper at Aston Villa - where he is currently playing second fiddle to Brad Guzan this season.
"It was a difficult decision, a lot of hard thinking. I just felt it was the right time and thought it would prolong my club career - although I feel like I have retired from club football as well now," laughed Given on Goals on Sunday.
"It was 16 years playing for my country and I enjoyed every moment of it - I do miss it but there is no getting away from that but I felt it was time for someone else to take up the mantel and play."
Given is the most capped Republic of Ireland player with 125 appearances, however with Robbie Keane on 122 games and still playing that record may be in jeopardy.
"I have a plan to make a comeback next year when he gets up to 125," joked Given - everyone loves a comeback.
"I have great memories and it was always an honour to pull the jersey on. I used to support the team as a kid and will continue to support them. "
After a disappointing European Championships in Poland, many feel that Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni is not the man to lead them to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. However Given believes it is not the right time to make changes.
"I think he is still the right man to lead the side. I have said it before that if you are going to change the manager you need to do it at the start of the campaign or the end - I don't think it is the right time in the middle of the campaign.
"We still have a good chance of qualifying - the next game is away in Sweden in March. Sweden have been playing really well and it will be a tough game and I think it will determine where we end up."