Fans react on Twitter to Aston Villa 'keeper Shay Given's performance for Republic of Ireland

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The veteran stopper's inclusion certainly did not please Irish fans.

The Republic of Ireland took on Poland in their European Championship qualifying group last night, and ended up drawing the game 1-1.

A late strike from Southampton striker Shane Long saw them claim a point from a tough fixture against the Poles and keep themselves in contention with the likes of Scotland and Germany for a place at France 2016.

Of course there were plenty of Premier League players on show.

The likes of Seamus Coleman, Jonathan Walters and Robbie Brady were all in action - but it was the presence of an Aston Villa player that really struck a cord.

Shay Given was in goal for the Republic of Ireland.

The 38-year-old Donegal native has 126 caps for his nation but is no longer a regular member of the Aston Villa starting line-up. Brad Guzan is currently the number one at Villa, and Given has only played five games for the club this season, none in the Premier League.

Millwall stopper David Forde was overlooked, as was Sheffield Wednesday's Keiren Westwood.

It was a decision that did not exactly go down well with Irish fans, who could not believe that the Aston Villa keeper was still starting for his nation - despite being a national hero.

Here is some of the best reaction on Twitter...

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