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Shay Given Praised After Marathon 12-Hour Penalty Saving Session

Shay Given Praised After Marathon 12-Hour Penalty Saving Session

Former Premier League and Irish goalkeeper Shay Given put on his gloves once again yesterday, this time for a different cause. The now-pundit agreed to face 12 hours of relentless penalties in aid of Sports Relief 2018.

Given played 134 times for the Republic of Ireland before his retirement and agreed to the challenge in order to benefit those in need. Sports Relief is a BBC project in order to help disadvantaged people around the world with this year's efforts going towards maternal health, malaria and mental health projects.

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Given was released by Stoke City at the end of last year having spent much of the year on loan at Middlesborough. The 42-year-old did retire from international football in 2016 but never officially retired from the game.

He returned to work straight away, appearing on BBC's football focus this morning to discuss the future of English shot-stopper Jordan Pickford. Given his exploits over the past 24 hours, it may serve as a reminder to any potential suitors as to the ability he still has.

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