Cox, Schmeichel and more: Twitter reacts to Given’s Ireland retirement
Shay Given confirms his retirement from international football after a 16-year career, prompting a huge response on Twitter
Shay Given has confirmed his retirement from international football after earning a staggering 125 caps for the Republic of Ireland.
The 36-year-old made his debut against Russia in 1996 and his last appearance for Ireland came in a 2-0 defeat by Italy at the European championship in June.
Ireland supporters were quick to hail one of the country’s all-time greats on Twitter, while Given’s fellow professionals also heaped praise on the Aston Villa goalkeeper as he ends his 16-year international career.
Here are some of the Tweets that caught our eye.
Everton’s Shane Duffy (@ShaneDuffy34) pays tribute to Given: “Sad to see Shay Given retire from international football. Ireland’s greatest keeper!”
Sunderland’s James McClean (@JMcC_23) felt privileged to play alongside Given: “I had the honour of being a teammate of @No1shaygiven #irishlegend”
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) describes Given as one of the best: “@No1shaygiven #Legend one of the best keepers I have ever seen!#fact 125 caps! What an achievement!”
West Brom striker Simon Cox (@Scoxy31Real) is upset to hear the news: “Gutted to hear the news about @No1shaygiven. I can say it was a pleasure to meet and play with such a great player and man.”
And Sean St Ledger (@seanstledger12) echoes Cox’s sentiments: “I’m gutted to hear the news of @No1shaygiven’s retirement…unbelievable goalkeeper and all-round great guy. Over 100 caps – unbelievable achievement #legend!”
Martin Brennan (@mbren09) describes Given as Ireland’s best goalkeeper: “Sad to see Shay Given retire from international football best keeper in Ireland’s history #legend!”
Will Cullen (@willlcullen) reckons Given was one of Ireland’s few world-class players: “Thank you Shay Given – great servant for Ireland and world-class goalkeeper! Go raibh maith agat!”
Alex Pryke (@alexpryke) says Giovanni Trapattoni will struggle to replace Given: “Shay Given retires from international football. A huge blow to the Irish. It’ll be a huge job to replace him.”
George Chalcraft (@GeorgeChalcraft) is not overly optimistic about the prospect of Paddy Kenny as Given’s successor: “ I can’t believe Shay Given has retired from international football. Paddy Kenny just can’t cut it! #ROI”
Stuart Collier (@Stuart_Collier_) is rather upset: “Terrible shame to hear of Shay Given’s retirement from international duty. An absolute hero between the sticks for 16 years. #gutted”
But Luca (@gormacha) reckons it was the right call: “*Loads* bemoaning the loss of Shay Given as Ireland’s keeper. Whilst brilliant in his day, he was awful at Euro 2012, and has been poor for ages!”
And Ciara (@_Ciara1D) agrees: “Shay Given retiring from football … he couldn’t have done that before the Euros?”
Finally, Lucy Adams (@maizy4) hopes we’ll now see the best from Given for Aston Villa: “Sad that Shay Given has decided to retire from international football but at least he can concentrate on giving his best for Villa!”