'It is something I am looking at at the minute' - Shay Given considering Ireland return

The Aston Villa shot-stopper is hoping for a return to international football but is awaiting the verdict of Boys in Green boss Giovanni Trapattoni
Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has said that he is considering a return to international football but wishes to consult Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni before making a decision.

The 36-year-old custodian retired from international football in the aftermath of Ireland's Euro 2012 campaign in order to concentrate on his club career with Aston Villa.

However, the former Manchester City goalkeeper has struggled to displace Brad Guzan as the preferred choice during Paul Lambert's tenure as manager. And while he has not committed himself to making an international return, Given is currently considering his options.

"At the moment I haven’t changed my mind yet about returning to the international scene," he told the Irish Examiner.

"I haven't decided and I haven't spoken to [Giovanni Trapattoni] yet. I want to speak to him first before I make any kind of announcements. But it is something I am looking at at the minute to be honest," added Given.

Shay Given made his international debut for Ireland in 1996 and went on to make 125 appearances for his national team.