Sports Digest: All Blacks narrowly edge Ireland, Graeme McDowell close, and Shay Given move


Shay Given Move

Ireland's goalkeeper Shay Given will sit down with those closest to him before he makes any decision on his international future.

The Donegal born stopper endured a horrid European Championships when he conceded nine goals.
Questions were asked about Given’s fitness after recent injury problems, and speculation is rife that he could bring the curtain down on his time with Ireland after a record 125 caps.

But Given, speaking after Monday night’s 2-0 defeat to Italy, insisted, “It’s too soon straight after the game to make any rash decisions.

“I’ll sit down with my kids and my wife and my family when I get home and just see what the best plan of action is.

“Obviously, we’ve got a new manager in at Aston Villa - I’d like to speak to him as well and see what the best plan is for everyone.”

Likewise winger Damien Duff, captain against Italy on the night of his 100th cap, refused to contemplate his own situation.

Duff, now 33, said, “I’ve said I’ll play until 100 for Ireland if they’d have me.

“Sometimes, it doesn’t work like that. So we’ll see. It’s more important to talk about the team and how we’ve done over the past month. Obviously disappointing -- weren’t good enough.”

Defender Richard Dunne, 32, said after his 76th international appearance, “It’s very hard because we’ve been preparing for this and dreaming. You don’t want to be thinking about the finish.”