Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given considering international retirement

The shot-stopper, who is the most-capped player in Irish history, has admitted that the game against the Azzurri could be his last for the Boys in Green
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has admitted he is considering international retirement after their final Euro 2012 game against Italy.

The Boys in Green lost both of their opening two games in Group C, going down 3-1 against Croatia before suffering a 4-0 reverse against holders Spain, meaning that they can no longer qualify for the quarter-finals.

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The 36-year-old, who has a record 124 caps to his name since making his debut in 1996, has revealed that he will wait until after the Euros to make his final decision.

"It's all a bit raw at the moment, because we've lost an important game." the Aston Villa goalkeeper was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

"At some point, I'm going to have to make a decision. It's something for me to think about when I'm on holiday, and I'll discuss it with my family first before I make a decision.

"After the Italy game, we haven't got another game until August, so there is a bit of time for me to make my mind up.

"There are a few months to consider things. I'm hurting really badly at the moment, so it would be foolish to make a decision.

"I think it might be time to step aside and let somebody else come into the side now."

Ireland's final Euro 2012 game against Cesare Prandelli's side kicks off at 20:45CET in Poznan on Monday.