Given to skipper Republic

13 October 2009 12:31
Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given will captain Republic of Ireland in their final World Cup qualifier against Montenegro as he wins his 100th senior international cap.[LNB]Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has handed the 33-year-old the captain's armband as he and full-back Kevin Kilbane each complete a century to leave themselves only two adrift of Steve Staunton, Ireland's most-capped player.[LNB]Given takes over from Robbie Keane, who may play only one half at Croke Park as Trapattoni attempts to keep his players fresh for next month's play-off.[LNB]Given goes into the game knowing he must avoid a second caution of the qualifying campaign if he is to make himself available for the first match of the play-off.[LNB]Midfielders Keith Andrews and Aiden McGeady are likely to be rested for just that reason, while striker Leon Best is also on a yellow card.

Source: Eurosport