Donegal’s Shay Given has been handed a dramatic return to the international Republic of Ireland team after Martin O’Neill named the 38-year-old Lifford goalkeeper in his final 27-man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming matches against Oman and Georgia.
He joins fellow Donegal man, Seamie Coleman in the squad.
The Donegal man retired from Ireland duty after Ireland’s poor performance under Giovanni Trappatoni in the 2012 European Championship finals in Poland and Ukraine.
Robbie Keane is carrying a slight injury and a decision will be made later this evening as to when he will travel, but it is hoped he will get the all clear for the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi on 7 September.
Ireland will take on Oman in their final friendly in Aviva Stadium this Wednesday, 3 September at 7.45pm before the opening Euro qualifier in Georgia.
Republic of Ireland squad named is: D Forde, K Westwood, S Given, R Elliot, R Keogh, M Wilson, S Coleman, J O’Shea, A Pearce, J O’Brien, J McCarthy, S Ward, G Whelan, D Gibson, A McGeady, A Pilkington, J McClean, R Brady, S Quinn, D Meyler, W Hoolahan, R Keane, S Long, D Murphy, J Walters, K Doyle, A Stokes.