Villa keeper Given confesses dismal Irish Euros

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given admits the Republic of Ireland's Euros campaign has been poor. Given admitted he could not have envisaged such a dismal display at Euro 2012.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given admits the Republic of Ireland's Euros campaign has been poor.

Given admitted he could not have envisaged such a dismal display at Euro 2012.

"I don't think anybody did," he said after Monday's final group defeat to Italy.

"We went into the tournament with plenty of confidence and looking forward to it.

"But it's just shown the standard of teams you're up against when you get to major finals.

"Especially Spain. We all know how they played and even Croatia were a very strong team as well.

"You know when you get to the finals, you're up against the elite players and the elite teams."

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