What’s kept me going this long? Shay

“What has kept me going this long?

“I suppose it’s from taking advice about little bits off the pitch. Things like having a protein shake and doing yoga, stretching and gym work – all the things people don’t see.”

“I’ve looked at other goalkeepers like Brad Friedel, Edwin van der Sar and Mark Schwarzer and been inspired. You get inspiration from other guys who go on long into their careers.

“I’m as fit as I’ve been during my whole career. My body fat is my lowest ever. I feel good and sharp in training. That’s all you can go on for now. When I did sort of retire from Ireland, I missed meeting up with the lads and pulling on the jersey because it is a huge honour. That’s never changed and I missed the buzz of coming to Dublin and representing Ireland.

“I’m enjoying it of course but I’ve to see how this next week goes. It will have a big say into what I do in the future. You probably have to ask the man Martin O’Neill what the future holds but I’ve not really thought about it.

“I’ll be 42 by the time of the next World Cup and, with the chances of me being involved then are very slim. That’s why this is such a big week for me personally.” First up is the task of derailing the freight-train of World Cup winners Germany.

“They didn’t start this campaign well – maybe it was a World Cup hangover – but they’re back up to speed now and the German team we all know,” he said.

“However, Scotland played well against the Germans, scored twice were maybe unlucky not to get a late equaliser.”

“It’s a big worry for me that there’s no influx of talented players. We need another Damien Duff, Robbie Keane or Richard Dunne but I don’t see them.

“I think GAA takes a lot of the good youngsters away, and the rugby is doing well. Some of them go down that route.”

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