Ireland's Shay Given relishing the opportunity to play in Euro 2012

Aston Villa shot stopper is glad to have overcome his knee injury and believes that Euro 2012 will be massive tournament for the Boys in Green
Shay Given is relieved to be back in full training as Ireland enter into their final preparations for Euro 2012 and the Donegal born shot-stopper admitted his frustration at having to take precautions over his knee worry.

"It feels like I've sort of been boxed off for the last week or so," Given told the Irish Independent. "Today was then main test for me and it was totally fine.

"The proof is in the pudding when you can train like that and dive around with no problems. You're happy, and you're happy in your head as well."

The Aston Villa goalkeeper reflected on the fact that he suffered an injury early into his preparation, but conceded that such developments were to be expected.

"We've been building up to this for so long," he said. "And you're always worried, of course. We've been trying to get into this position for the last 10 years and then on the second day of training, you get an injury to your knee."

He continued: "That's football sometimes. We've seen players in the past who have missed major tournaments, so thank God it's not serious.

"I went to London last week just to get a second opinion because the specialist had seen it before and he was happy with it, so that gives you peace of mind as well.

"You're risking yourself every time you go out for training. If it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be."

The 36-year old hopes to make the starting 11 for Ireland's final friendly game against Hungary on Monday June 4 ahead of the opening Euro 2012 fixture against Croatia in order to ensure that he's ready.

"I wouldn't want Croatia to be my first game," he said. "Hopefully, I'll be playing in Hungary. You've got to test it like I did out there today, test it all week, test it against Hungary, that's what you do."

And Given admits that the excitement about the tournament kicking off is well and truly beginning to mount in the Ireland camp.

"Every single training session, every single game, you're building up to this and it's getting really close now," he said. "Even talking about it, the hairs are starting to stand up on the back of my neck. I know how big it's going to be, and you just want to be a part of it." concluded the goalkeeper.