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Villa keeper Given up for Cup semi

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is up for today's FA Cup semi with Liverpool.

Manager Tim Sherwood has confirmed Given, who turns 39 tomorrow, will keep his Cup place rather than be replaced by No 1 Brad Guzan.

"It was nice to be part of winning it with Man City but when you don't play it doesn't have the same value," Given said. "I don't know where my medal is to be honest.

"1999 was a bit of a slap in the face. Do you ever get over it, I suppose? It's not an easy one. Ruud Gullit didn't even tell me, he got the goalkeeping coach Terry Gennoe to tell me I wasn't playing.

"But you can't look back in football, you've just got to look forward. I'd love to win a trophy and make a bit of history at Aston Villa."

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