Richard Dunne to continue international career after meeting with Ireland manager Trapattoni

The centre back is currently unavailable due to injury but nonetheless confirmed to Trapattoni that he will continue to line out for the Boys in Green
Richard Dunne confirmed on Saturday that he will be continuing his international career and does not intend to follow the lead of Shay Given and Damien Duff in retiring from Ireland duty.

Given and Duff called it quits on their time in the Irish fold after a disastrous Euro 2012 and doubts lingered over the willingness of Dunne to continue at the age of 32.

Dunne, currently injured and unavailable for Aston Villa as well as Ireland's September World Cup 2014 qualifier against Kazakhstan, informed Trapattoni of his stance during a meeting at Villa Park on Saturday.

A statement from the FAI reads: "Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli held a positive meeting with Richard Dunne today. Richard reconfirmed that he will be available again for international duty once he makes a full recovery."

Villa's poor start to the English Premier League season continued with a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Everton. Ireland's Ciaran Clark saw red in the encounter.