Paully Posted March 27, 2007 Share Posted March 27, 2007 Tosser! The irony of him calling someone for wanting to play for their country By NEIL CUSTIS March 27, 2007 COMMENT ON THIS STORY ROY KEANE has launched a bizarre attack on Shay Given for playing in every game for Ireland. Sunderland boss Keane has accused Newcastle’s keeper of constantly picking up caps just to get “a pat on the back”. Former Republic skipper Keane says Given should not play in every friendly and give other keepers a chance. Given, 30, will equal Packie Bonner’s 80-cap record for an Ireland keeper when he captains the team in the Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia at Croke Park tomorrow night. But Keane said: “I think players have agendas — certain players come over all the time no matter what. “Maybe they want to get 50 or 100 caps and a pat on the back for it. “I think Shay’s one of these ones — he wants to get 200 caps. “He seems to have played every game, even friendlies. You have other keepers, who travel all the time. Then, when they do play, they’re taken off. “I’ve always thought, when it comes to the lads who travel all the time, ‘Give them a game’. “Qualifiers you have to win — but with friendly matches, give the lads who travel a game and don’t be changing them at half-time, give them a full game.” But ex-Celtic keeper Bonner has leapt to Given’s defence — and praised him for his desire to play every match for the Republic. He said: “Shay is a fantastic ambassador for his country. “He wants to play for his country and it’s got nothing to do with pats on the back. “He does not want to relinquish that No 1 shirt and I’m delighted he’s equalling my record.” Bonner, 46, trained with Given when he was the Ireland goalkeeping coach. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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