We always wondered why Roy Keane criticized Shay Given last season for playing too many times for Ireland. It seemed an odd comment at the time, as any player presumably is honored to play for their country.
Today we see that his namesake Robbie is now praising Shay Given as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Well, we agree with that one, so let’s take a look at what Robbie is saying.
Shay Given – Robbie Keane says he’s the best goalkeeper he’s ever seen
This is what Robbie Keane said yesterday:
â€œCech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but weâ€™re quite lucky in that we have the best in Shay Given,â€
â€œCech is different class but Shay Given is, for me, one of the best goalkeepers Iâ€™ve ever seen.â€
Given has great talent, there’s little doubt about that, and of course Shay is one of those players who plays well in the big games – always a sign of a great player. Over the years he’s turned in some world-class performances for Ireland and if he played for a London club (Arsenal have always been keen on Given) we think he’d get a lot more acclaim.
Shay missed the Premier League start with another groin problem and with Harper having excelled in his absence, Sam Allardyce has been reluctant to make any change. The clubâ€™s number one goalkeeper will return to Newcastle tomorrow, but tonight he has a huge game for Ireland against the Czech Republic in Prague. Shay will be going against team-mate David Rozehnal and the game will feature two of the best keepers in the world in Given and Cech. We now know who Robbie Keane thinks is the better goalkeeper of the two.