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Sunday 25 June 2017

I haven't spoken to Trap: Stokes

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Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

ANTHONY Stokes has revealed that he has had no contact with Giovanni Trapattoni since the Italian openly criticised him for crying off the Ireland squad at the end of last season.

The Celtic striker -- who opened his account on the first day of the Scottish Premier League season against Hibernian on Sunday -- was a notable omission from the squad named to face Croatia next month.

The 23-year-old says he wasn't too tired to play against Northern Ireland, Scotland, Macedonia and Italy, but wanted a rest at the end of a long season.

"I haven't spoken to (Trapattoni) at all," Stokes said. "I don't really think it makes any difference. When I have gone away with the Ireland teams I have rarely played.

"There is nothing I can do really other than just focus on my football at Celtic and hopefully get the call-up, but I can't see it happening.

"I'm used to it at this stage. I know if I have done anything wrong, it will be blown out of proportion."

Stokes is adamant that he did nothing wrong by pulling out of the end-of-season squad.

"I never said I was too tired to play. Sometimes you have to look at other things in your life as well, that's all it was really," he said.

Irish Independent

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