Shay Given hinted that he could bring down the curtain on his international career as he assessed the wreckage of Ireland’s Euro 2012 campaign and reflected on their 4-0 hammering by Spain.
The Aston Villa keeper admitted the Irish had “come off second best” in their first trip to the final stages of an international tournament for ten years and said the Spanish had “cut us apart on a number of occasions.”
Speaking about his international future - or otherwise – he said: “It’s a bit raw at the moment, but I'm going to have to think about it. I don't know where we go from here, but we have come off second best. So we will go into the Italy game, lick our wounds and see where we go after that.”
And looking back at the Spain game, he admitted: “We saw why they are world champions. They cut us apart on a number of occasions, and they have got so many great players. The passing and movement is phenomenal.
“If any team can beat Spain, then they will win the trophy. They will be hard to beat. We were beaten by the better team. It is obviously difficult to take conceding four goals - especially when you're the goalkeeper.”
Ireland lost their first Group C game against Croatia 3-1. Their final match, against Italy, sees the Italians needing to win to have any chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.
Defender John O'Shea said Giovanni Trapattoni's team would be "doing everything we can" and added: "We don't want to leave this tournament with three defeats.
"We will be doing everything we can to get something from the game, not just for the fans but from our own point of view as well, the players and the staff. We have worked so hard for the last few years in the qualifying campaign.''© ESPN