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O'Neill: No promises made to Given
01 Sep 2014 16:04
Republic of Ireland manger Martin O’Neill says he has not made any promises to Shay Given about his starting prospects.
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The Aston Villa netminder, 38, retired from international football after Ireland’s Euro 2012 disaster but, despite playing just a handful of games with the Birmingham club and a loan spell with Middlesbrough last season, now finds himself in contention to start Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after a surprise recall to O’Neill’s 27-man squad.
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The squad also contains goalkeepers David Forde, Keiren Westwood and Rob Elliot.
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Speaking to reporters at Ireland’s first training session in Dublin today, O’Neill said: “He still has that desire to come and play but no promises have been made whatsoever.
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“He’s going to come here for a few days. Aston Villa have given him permission to do so and I’ll have a look at it.
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“In his own view, he retired at the time, obviously disappointed with the way things had gone at the European Championship. Sometimes you do something and you feel as if maybe you’ve got something left to give.”
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Ireland face Georgia away on Sunday and play Oman in a friendly on Wednesday at the Aviva Stadium.
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