Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given announced his retirement from the international game on Monday after 16 years.

The 36-year-old appeared in 125 games for Ireland, making him the most capped player in the country's history.

Given played in all three of Ireland's group stage defeats at Euro 2012 to Spain, Croatia and Italy this past summer, while he also featured for the Irish at the 2002 World Cup.

"I have dedicated 16 years of my life to my county and I have a great affinity with Giovanni Trapattoni's squad," Given said.

"I'd like to thank Giovanni, Marco (Tardelli) and Alan Kelly for their support during my time with the team.

"I will continue to be Ireland's biggest fan and wish the lads well as they embark upon their new campaign."

The former Newcastle and Manchester City goalkeeper is currently preparing for the upcoming English Premier League season with Aston Villa.