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...
George Hamilton said Shay Given couldn't do anything about their goal. I don't disagree but I think David Forde could have— Ciarán Kelly (@SkipFC) March 29, 2015
Watching Eire makes you realise what a poor state of affairs it is that Shay Given doesn't get first team football. #topkeeper— Andy Bayes (@AndyBayes) March 29, 2015
Can we just have a team of 10 Colemans and Shay Given in goals— Eimhin (@BaelyBIind) March 29, 2015
Why is Shay Given playing.. Cap chasing as usual..— Rip Off (@Rippoffireland) March 29, 2015
@FAIreland Don't blame d ref! Blame Shay Given cos his useless! His past his sell-by date, He was good years ago! a Donkey can move faster!— Mike O'Flaherty (@VKAllezmof) March 29, 2015
Shay Given is starting for Ireland. He is 38 and is a back up at Aston Villa. The other three gk's on the roster play in the championship.— Scott Buslawski (@ScottBuslawski) March 29, 2015
Shay Given only in the team on what he has previously done best goalie at the moment, Westwood is viewed as third best. Clueless— Matthew Walsh (@MattWalshQPR) March 29, 2015
Irelands dismal defence was the sole reason for that goal. Shay Given was a great goalkeeper at one point but hes past that stage #IREVPOL— Ryan (@Irish_Fart14) March 29, 2015
Is there really no better goalkeeper in all of Ireland than Shay Given?— Barry (@BarryNolan10) March 29, 2015