first_imgBREAKING NEWS: IRELAND STAR Shay Given has announced he is retiring from international football after a record-breaking career.In a statement tonight Shay said: “It was an honour and privilege to play and on occasion captain the team. I shall remain a huge fan of the team as I have been all my life and I wish them every success for the future.“I wish to thank all the players,managers,staff & most importantly the most wonderful fans in the world.” The Lifford man went on: “Finally I would like to thank my wife Jane,my 2 amazing kids and my entire family for their unwavering support over the 16 years & 125 caps.”“After a lot of thought and consideration, I have made the most difficult decision to retire from international football. It’s been a great.”Shay made his announcement in the past hour.It follows discussions with his family, the staff at Aston Villa and close friends. Given made his debut for Ireland as a 19-year-old against Russia in 1996 and was firmly established as the country’s number one when Ireland played in the 2012 World Cup.The 36-year-old will continue to play for Aston Villa in the English Premier League.A Football Association of Ireland statement added that Given had indicated that he would be prepared to “make himself available” in any emergencies in the future.The FAI statement added the Trapattoni had spoken “at length” with Given on Monday afternoon before the retirement was confirmed.Trapattoni praised Given for his “outstanding contributions to Ireland during his 16-year international career”. “I understand the difficult decision that Shay had to make and appreciate all of his efforts during his international career,” said the Republic manager.“He is a strong player with a great character and his love of playing for his country always shone through.“It has been a pleasure to work with him during my time with the team. I wish him the very best in his future.”SHAY: I’M RETIRING FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SHAY: I’M RETIRING FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLlast_img