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Sunday 24 September 2017

'Retired' Reid opens door for Ireland return

Nick Royle

STEVEN REID could be persuaded to return to international football if an injury crisis prompted Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni to give him a call.

Reid quit the Ireland squad in July, a fortnight after signing a two-year contract with West Brom, citing the need to protect his body after two serious long-term injuries while at Blackburn.

The 23-times capped midfielder missed most of the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 seasons because of knee ligament damage, but an injury-free few months at the Hawthorns has prompted Reid to think again about international football.

"I am not going to say that I am never going to reconsider," he told Setanta Ireland's 'GoalMouth -- Football Quotes of the Week' show.

"I have made the decision, but I am not ruling it out for the future. I haven't spoken to the manager (Trapattoni) since I made the decision, but if there was a desperate need and a few injuries, then who knows? But until I get the phone call..."

Reid believes that Trapattoni and his squad are well on course to qualify for the Euro 2012 finals.

"Obviously, the defeat by Russia makes things a little more difficult, but Ireland have the players, the organisation and the manager to qualify."

Trapattoni has come under pressure for his defensive mentality, with Richard Dunne and Glenn Whelan seeming to questioning the long-ball tactics employed by the Italian. However Reid, who played under the Italian three times, insists that the 71-year-old has the respect and support of the Ireland players.

"He is a lively manager, despite his age," Reid said.

"He lets you know what he wants. Sometimes he gets very emotional, but he gets his points across well. I certainly enjoyed my three games with him."



  • You can see an extended version of Reid's exclusive interview today (11.0) on Setanta Ireland.


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