Given set to extend record beyond 120

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Shay Given set a new Irish record for international caps against Estonia in Dublin last week when he made his 120th senior appearance. In doing so Given overtook former Northern Ireland 'keeper Pat Jennings. Jennings won his 119th cap on his 41st birthday against Brazil in the 1986 World Cup finals and at the time it was a world record and it's still a Northern Ireland record. If 35 year-old Given stays injury-free it looks like he will set an Irish record that will stand for many years to come. The late Alan Kelly, who won 47 caps in goal for Ireland, held the record for the most capped Irish player for many years, but right now there is no keeper within the proverbial mile of Given. And Robbie Keane's current record of 53 international goals is also like to stand for many years to come. Niall Quinn is second in the Irish goal-scoring chart with 21 goals and of the current crop of players Kevin Doyle with nine goals is nearest to Keane. Sean Creedon.

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