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Shay Given could be handed Euro 2016 boost after colleague's misfortune
The goalkeeper has struggled for game time at Stoke since joining the club in the summer.

SHAY GIVEN’S EURO 2016 chances have potentially been given a boost after Jack Butland picked up an injury in the Germany-England game last night.

Given has been second choice to Butland for Stoke this season, with the England international impressing for Mark Hughes’ side.

However, with Given recently returning to full training after being out with a long-term injury, he could now come into the first XI, with Butland expected to be out injured for an unconfirmed period after suffering an ankle injury.

The 39-year-old Donegal native, having been Ireland’s first-choice goalkeeper before picking up an injury against Germany, no longer seems assured of a Euro 2016 squad place, with competition from others including Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot and David Forde.

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However, a run of games in the Premier League would mean Given has the chance to impress Martin O’Neill and stake his claim for a place on the plane to France.

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