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Shay Given returns to Ireland squad for upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers

Shay Given returns to Ireland squad for upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers

Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given was recalled to the Ireland squad on Tuesday for two European Championship qualifying matches next month.
Given missed Ireland's 4-0 friendly win over Denmark last Wednesday with a groin injury. He was also absent from Ireland's 1-1 draws in friendlies against Bolivia and Ecuador in the United States in May.
"Shay has been training since last Monday and doing very well," Ireland coach Steve Staunton said after naming his 25-man squad for both matches.
Given has yet to play for Newcastle in the Premier League this season.
"His experience speaks volumes, and Shay will have no problems regardless if he's played a game or not," Staunton said.
Also, defender Stephen Carr is out with a hamstring injury, and is replaced by rookie Kevin Foley.
Ireland plays Slovakia on Sept. 8 and against Czech Republic in Prague four days later.
"Ideally, we can't afford to lose either game," Staunton said.
Germany leads with Group D with 19 points, followed by the Czech Republic with 14, Ireland with 13 and Slovakia with nine. All teams have five matches left to play.
"The group is very tight now," Staunton said. "We know all about the Czechs, and the Slovakians we've had watched for the past 18 months.
"Since they changed the manager they've a younger squad together, athletic and strong, which we saw in Dublin. They're a useful outfit _ they may even be better than the Czechs at this point _ and to stay on course we can't afford to be beaten by them."
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Roster:
Goalkeepers: Nick Colgan (Barnsley), Colin Doyle (Birmingham), Shay Given (Newcastle), Wayne Henderson (Preston)
Defenders: Richard Dunne (Manchester City), Steve Finnan (Liverpool), Kevin Foley (Wolves), Stephen Kelly (Birmingham), Paul McShane (Sunderland), John O'Shea (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Lee Carsley (Everton), Jonathon Douglas (Leeds), Darron Gibson (Manchester United), Stephen Hunt (Reading), Stephen Ireland (Manchester City), Kevin Kilbane (Wigan), Aiden McGeady (Celtic), Alan O'Brien (Hibernian), Darren Potter (Wolves), Andy Reid (Charlton)
Forwards: Kevin Doyle (Reading), Robbie Keane (Tottenham), Andy Keogh (Wolves), Shane Long (Reading), Daryl Murphy (Sunderland)


Updated : 2021-05-09 21:34 GMT+08:00