first_imgSOCCER: Former Manchester United star and current Republic of Ireland assistant Roy Keane has reiterated the importance of Ireland’s No.1 choice goalkeeper playing regularly club football.Shay GivenKeane was talking about the goalkeeping situation ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 double-header with Gibraltar and Georgia in the next few days.Given has admitted he will retire from the Republic of Ireland set-up after the Euro 2016 campaign. However, Given turned down the opportunity to be first choice at Championship club Middlesbrough in favour of re-joining old boss Mark Hughes at Stoke City.Given will be No.2 at Stoke and faces a battle on his hands to displace Jack Butland.That decision could put Given’s position as first choice No.1 at risk.Keane said, “I’m sure Shay is going there saying he’s going to fight for his place like he did at Villa the last few years. “There will be situations where players will turn up and they’re all not playing regularly.“That’s not ideal for us especially in a specialist position like goalkeeping.“I understand that but their mind-set when they sign for clubs is that they’re going to be playing football.“Shay has gone there believing he can challenge the young goalkeeper.“And if the young goalkeeper makes a few mistakes or there’s an injury, then he’s in.” KEANE: ‘SHAY’S IRELAND SPOT NOT A ‘GIVEN’ was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newssoccerSportlast_img

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