Shay Given retires from international duty
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has announced his retirement from international football.
Given, 36, is the highest-capped player in Republic history having played 125 times for his country.
The Aston Villa man said that his decision to quit international football had been "extremely difficult".
"I have dedicated 16 years of my life to my county and I have a great affinity with Giovanni Trapattoni's squad," he added.
"I'd like to thank the Giovanni, Marco (Tardelli) and Alan Kelly for their support during my time with the team.
"I will continue to be Ireland's biggest fan and wish the lads well as they embark upon their new campaign."
While he did confirm his international retirement, a Football Association of Ireland statement added that Given had indicated that he would be prepared to "make himself available" in any emergencies in the future.
The FAI statement added the Trapattoni had spoken "at length" with Given on Monday afternoon before the retirement was confirmed.
Trapattoni praised Given for his "outstanding contributions to Ireland during his 16-year international career".
"I understand the difficult decision that Shay had to make and appreciate all of his efforts during his international career," said the Republic manager.
"He is a strong player with a great character and his love of playing for his country always shone through.
"It has been a pleasure to work with him during my time with the team. I wish him the very best in his future."