Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given set for international return - report

The Villa goalkeeper is believed to be open to a return to the international stage as he continues to struggle to nail down a starting position under Paul Lambert
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is set to call upon Shay Given after the Aston Villa goalkeeper expressed a willingness to return to international football.

According to a report in the Irish Sun, Given, who retired from international football in the wake of Euro 2012, has been considering a return to the international set up.

The former Newcastle and Manchester City shot-stopper wrote, in his weekly column, that he 'missed' playing for the Boys in Green and refused to rule out a return to the international game.

And Giovanni Trapattoni is 'very happy' that the 36-year-old custodian, who boasts a record 125 international caps, is open to the idea of coming out of retirement.

"I am very happy that Shay has got over the disappointment of the Euros and would be happy to see him available again," Trapattoni told the Irish Sun. "I will be in touch with him to discuss it shortly."

Shay Given joined Aston Villa in 2011, but has been struggling to displace Brad Guzan as Aston Villa number one this season, making just five appearances.