Given returns to Republic of Ireland squad

Behind Brad Guzan at Aston Villa, the 38-year-old goalkeeper has not played for his national team since Euro 2012.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has recalled Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given to the national squad.

The 38-year-old has not played international football since his side's appearance at Euro 2012, having struggled for first-team opportunities at Villa Park.

Brad Guzan has supplanted him as Paul Lambert's No. 1 and Given spent time on loan at Middlesbrough last season but has since briefly served as a temporary assistant to the Villa manager and remains in the squad for 2014-15.

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Given boasts 125 caps for Ireland, having made his debut in March 1996 against Russia, and had briefly retired from the international game after Euro 2012 but made himself available for selection again the following year.

He joins David Forde, Rob Elliot and Keiren Westwood in the goalkeeping stocks for a 27-man squad to face Oman in a friendly before taking on Georgia in the nation's first qualifying match for Euro 2016.