Ireland 'in safe hands' with Westwood

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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes Kieren Westwood is a man the team can trust to carry the country beyond the Shay Given era.

Given stunned all within the Republic camp on Monday when he announced his retirement from international football after winning a record 125 caps over a 16-year period. The onus has now fallen on Sunderland goalkeeper Westwood and he did not disappoint in winning his 11th cap against Serbia.

Trapattoni said: "This was a particular moment for him after the news about Shay. I was sure he could be a substitute for Shay and he showed us in this game we can trust him."

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