Alan Kelly confident Given will start in Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 opener

Despite concerns surrounding the shot-stopper's fitness after he sat out a training session the goalkeeping coach has admitted 'wild horses' wouldn't stop him playing on Sunday

Republic of Ireland's goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly insists there are no doubts that Shay Given will start the Boys in Green's Euro 2012 opener against Croatia.

Given has been nursing niggles to his knee and calf but Kelly reaffirmed his stance that the Aston Villa man's absence from the session was nothing more than precautionary.

He told the press: "He's fine. I don't think wild horses could keep him off that pitch on Sunday."

He also explained that the players had been given the day off after players such as Given and Aiden McGeady complained of fatigue after their friendly against Hungary on Monday, claiming that it made sense to give everyone this rest before their Euro 2012 opener in Poznan on Sunday.

Spartak Moscow winger, McGeady, suggested on Tueday that a more relaxed approach to training may benefit the Boys in Green in Ukraine and Poland.