5 Euro 2016 stars who weren't even born when Shay Given made his Republic of Ireland debut


Shay Given has become the Republic of Ireland's longest-serving player with his appearance against Belarus, breaking Johnny Giles' record of 19 years and 202 days.

The 40-year-old first played for the Republic back in March 1996 - when a clutch of young superstars expected to shine at Euro 2016 weren't even born.

Here are a few of them...

1. Marcus Rashford, England

Born: 31/10/97

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring for England (Tim Goode/PA)

The youngest player at Euro 2016 and one of only three 18-year-olds at the tournament, of course the Manchester United striker wasn't born - or even conceived - when Given made his international bow.

2. Kingsley Coman, France

Born: 29/3/96

Kingsley Coman playing for France

Given first played for Ireland on March 27, 1996. Two days later, Kingsley Coman was born. Obviously they were both big events in the history of football, but if ever Given is having a mid-life crisis and worrying he hasn't achieved enough, he might not want to look at Coman's list of medals. At 19, he's already won two league titles in France with Paris St Germain, one in Italy with Juventus and one in Germany with Bayern Munich - with a few cups thrown in too.

3. Dele Alli, England

Born: 11/4/96

Dele Alli playing for England

A couple of weeks after Coman was born, along came Alli. He might not have the same list of trophies to his name, but he's already an integral part of both Tottenham and England's midfield. He also scored twice past Given when Tottenham beat Stoke earlier this season.

4. Renato Sanches, Portugal

Born: 18/8/97

Renato Sanches playing for Portugal

If the name Renato Sanches is ringing a bell, it's likely because he was close to joining Manchester United during and after the winter transfer window. Now, despite his compatriot Jose Mourinho moving to Old Trafford, he's agreed a move to Bayern Munich worth an initial £27million - rising to a reported £61million. Given's no stranger to big-money moves himself - he cost around £7million when he joined Manchester City, a pretty penny for a 32-year-old in 2009.

5. Alen Halilovic, Croatia

Born: 18/6/96

Alen Halilovic playing for Croatia

Halilovic was just 16 when he made his Croatia debut four years ago. Since then he was sold by Dinamo Zabreg to Barcelona and spent last season on loan at Sporting Gijon. He's been heavily linked with a move to Valencia next season, making him practically a journeyman at the age of 19. If Halilovic is looking to Given's career for inspiration - and he probably is - he'll know a move could be the best thing for him, like when the Ireland stopper joined Newcastle from Blackburn in 1997 and his career really took off.