Former Newcastle United manager has praised the Donegal goalkeeper's professionalism and reckons he can go on for a few years yet
By Rob Stewart
Glenn Roeder has hailed Shay Given as one the finest goalkeepers of the past decade and stated that his presence in the Ireland goal could help Giovanni Trapattoni's side cause an upset at Euro 2012.
Roeder managed Given during his stint in charge of Newcastle United during the 2006-07 season and described the 36-year-old as 'unbeatable' on his day.
"If you pick the best ten goalkeepers that there has been in Europe for the last 10 years then Shay would have to be one of the 10," he told Goal.com.
"With him as the last line of defence, Ireland could shock a few people and get through their group at the Euros because when Shay is at his best he is almost unbeatable."
Former England B international Roeder is also convinced that Given can match the career longevity of the legendary Dino Zoff.
"I know that Shay is so motivated for playing not just for his club but for Ireland as well that I can see him doing a Dino Zoff and playing for his country beyond the age of 40," Roeder told Goal.com.
Zoff captained the Azzurri to World Cup glory at the 1982 finals at the age of 40 and made the last of his 112 appearances for his country in 1983, aged 41.
Given has so far racked up 121 appearances for Ireland since making his debut in 1996.