Monday media watch [13.08.12 PM]: Given retires from Ireland duty
Sun Online: Shay Given has announced his retirement from international football. The Republic of Ireland keeper, 36, played 125 matches for his country. He tweeted: "After a lot of thought and consideration, I have made the most difficult decision to retire from international football."
BBC Sport: 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".
ESPN: Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has announced his retirement from Ireland duty after over 16 years of service. Given made his debut for his country on March 27, 1996 against Russia and went on to represent the Republic a record 125 times before deciding to hang up his gloves.
Reuters: Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is retiring from international football after winning a record 125 caps for his country, he said on Monday. "After a lot of thought and consideration, I have made the most difficult decision to retire from international football," the Aston Villa player said on his personal Twitter account.
Teamtalk: Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has announced his retirement from international football after over 16 years of service.
Express & Star: Villa boss Paul Lambert admitted Darren Bent's brace against Werder Bremen will give him a massive injection of confidence ahead of the start of the season.
ESPN: Stephen Warnock has moved closer to a possible reunion with former manager Martin O'Neill at Sunderland after being left out of the 18-man squad for the weekend friendly against Werder Bremen.
Express & Star: Stephen Warnock's Villa future remained in the balance today after boss Paul Lambert refused to be drawn on the defender's exclusion from their pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen.
Best of the Rest
Sky Sports: Jack Butland says it would be a special moment to make his first appearance for England on Wednesday but knows he still has a long way to go.
BBC Sport: Manchester City have confirmed the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Everton for £12m.
Sky Sports: Alex Song has insisted he is happy at Arsenal amid claims he could be set to leave the club.
BBC Sport: Cardiff City chief executive Alan Whiteley has denied claims the board were trying to appease unhappy fans with the signing of Craig Bellamy.
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