IAN Harte has launched an astonishing twitter attack on Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni by claiming that the 73 year old Italian doesn’t even know he qualifies to play for Ireland.
The veteran Reading defender, who has been in fine form for the Premier League side in recent weeks, made the claim on twitter after receiving lots of positive feedback for his hand in Jimmy Kebe’s winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Sunderland.
“To all the people asking if I have retired from international football. no I haven't trap didn't even know I was Irish #whataclown,” the 35-year-old Drogheda native said.
Harte has played for Ireland on 63 occasions scoring 12 goals, but his last cap came in 2007 and he has never featured under Trapattoni and has made the same claim of Trapattoni being unaware of his availability to the green jersey in the past.
Trap responded to Harte’s claims, he first made in 2011, saying: "Harte? We know Harte. (Stephen) Ward for me now is better. He can improve. Harte is 33."
Harte’s Reading team mate Stephen Kelly was also overlooked for tomorrow night’s friendly with Poland at the Aviva.