Ireland call up Elliot as Given returns to Stoke

Mark Holmes
Shay Given: Stoke goalkeeper injured in Ireland's win over Germany

The Republic of Ireland have called up Rob Elliot for the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland, with Shay Given returning to Stoke.

Given was carried from the field on a stretcher after damaging his right knee shortly before half-time in Thursday night’s 1-0 Group D victory over Germany.

The 39-year-old is to return to club Stoke.

A Football Association of Ireland statement said: “Rob Elliot has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying game against Poland in Warsaw on Sunday, October 11.

“The Newcastle United goalkeeper comes in as a replacement for Shay Given, who suffered a knee injury in the 1-0 victory over Germany and will report back to his club for further assessment.”

However, manager Martin O’Neill has been boosted by the return of defenders Seamus Coleman and Marc Wilson from hamstring and calf problems respectively.

Victory in Warsaw would see the Republic qualify automatically for next summer’s finals in France, and they are already guaranteed a play-off place at worst.