Shay Given made an impressive return to action for Ireland tonight in their emphatic friendly win over the USA at the Aviva Stadium.
Given hadn’t played for Ireland prior to tonight since their 2-0 defeat to Italy at the European Championships in 2012.
Given announced his retirement from international football shortly after Euro 2012.
However, the Aston Villa goalkeeper had a change of heart last season and publicly announced he was available for selection again.
He was recalled in August of this year by new manager Martin O’Neil for the friendly match against Oman and the first Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.
He was named in the squad for the double-header against Gibraltar and Germany but withdrew due to injury.
He was on the bench for Friday’s defeat to Scotland and tonight made his return for Ireland.
Given was absolutely outstanding and pulled off a number of brilliant saves throughout the match.
He was substituted late-on by Rob Elliott and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
It was great to see the Lifford man back between the sticks, and produce a typically superb performance.
Even at 38,. he’s given Martin O’Neil food for thought for the forthcoming qualifier against Poland in March.Tags: