By Will Butcher
Newcastle’s most capped international Shay Given has retired from national duty after appearing 134 times for the Republic of Ireland.
The former Aston Villa and Manchester City shot-stopper played over 450 times for the north-east giants, during a 12-year stint at the club.
Revealing on his Twitter account, the 40-year-old thanked all Ireland fans in a short speech after making the decision to hang up his gloves.
The Celtic trainee is currently acting as England international Jack Butland’s understudy at Premier league side Stoke City, after signing from relegated Aston Villa in 2015.
Given made his international debut for Ireland two whole decades ago, against Russia. He retired from international duty after Euro 2012, but returned to help the Republic qualify for this summer’s European Championship finals in France, where he was part of the squad.
Given made appearances at both the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2012 between the sticks for Ireland, and also won the Nations Cup with Ireland in 2011.
The goalkeeper stated in his short social media speech that he had made his Mother proud, who passed away when he was just five. In honour of her, Given has helped organise several successful fundraising events, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, during his career.
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