The Eastlands No 1 could not keep out Robinho as Brazil beat the Republic of Ireland 2-0 on Tuesday night and Given hopes the forward returns to England a better player after his six-month loan at Santos.
The one-time Real Madrid star has other plans and is desperate to stay long beyond the August 4 expiry of his current agreement.
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But Given warned: 'I don't know what he wants. But he is a Manchester City player, so if Manchester City want him back, he's got no choice in the matter.
'I don't regret him going. Robinho was out for a good bit this season with an injury and he was only getting bit-parts off the bench when he got back.
'He's gone off to Brazil and looks a lot sharper and a lot fitter. I think that's only going to benefit Manchester City if he's playing regularly, has a great World Cup and comes back to us in the summer a stronger and maybe more confident player.'
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Given was unsurprised by the quality of Brazil's second goal, when Robinho finished off a flowing move by slotting the ball in the corner from the edge of the box.
'The move for the second goal was typical Brazilian football, with a beautiful exchange of passes and the perfect finish,' said Robinho, who is playing with a smile missing during his time with City this season.
'I went for three, four months without playing because of injury, unable to do what I like to do best. It is the worst thing for a player.
'There are always times when you are down. What you can't lose is focus. You play well, you play badly (for clubs), but for me in the national team it's always worked out "supergood".'
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