Given quits Ireland career
Keeper hangs up his gloves for Irish
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: August 14, 2012 12:12pm
Shay Given: Announced his retirement from international football with Republic of Ireland
Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has announced his retirement from international football with the Republic of Ireland.
The 36-year-old has won a record 125 caps for his country but has decided to call it a day after making his final appearance in the 2-0 defeat to Italy at Euro 2012.
Given tweeted: "After a lot of thought and consideration, I have made the most difficult decision to retire from international football.
"It's been a great honour and privilege to play and on occasion captain the team. I shall remain a huge fan of the team as I have been all my life.
"It's been a great honour and privilege to play and on occasion captain the team. I shall remain a huge fan of the team as I have been all my life."
Shay Given Quotes of the week
"I wish them every success for the future. I wish to thank all the players, managers, staff and most importantly the most wonderful fans in the world.
"Finally I would like to thank my wife Jane, my 2 amazing kids and my entire family for their unwavering support over the 16 years and 125 caps."
Given featured for the Republic at the 2002 World Cup and this summer's Euro 2012 finals.
Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni paid tribute to Given for the service he has given his country.
"I understand the difficult decision that Shay had to make, and appreciate all of his efforts during his international career.
"He is a strong player, with a great character and his love of playing for his country always shone through.
"It has been a pleasure to work with him during my time with the team. I wish him the very best in his future."