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Harte blasts Trap over Ireland snub

IAN Harte has finally cut loose and aimed a verbal lash at Giovanni Trapattoni for leaving him out in the cold for the last two years.

After another fantastic season and selection in the Championship team of the season, Harte's words carry some weight despite his advancing years.

"I played pretty well last year as well. The manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, did not come and get me then. It would be nice for a shout but I don't think it will happen," said a clearly disappointed Harte.

"I was speaking to a few of the players and they said he did not realise I was Irish even though I have played 67 times, scored 11 goals and am the second leading scorer in the squad."

"'I didn't realise he was Irish?' You have just got laugh about it."

Harte is in talks with champions Reading for a one-year contract extension which would bring him back to the Premier League for the first time in five years.

His perfortmance's and goals for Reading were a key component of the Royals promotion bid and were acknowleged as such by Brian McDermott.

And Harte believes that he has plenty to offer Trapattoni: "I know what I bring to the team. People have said for the last 10 years that I might have lost my pace, but I have never had the pace.

"It is not as if I had the pace and I lost it. It is all about being clever and getting the better of your opponent.

"I am Irish as well and there are a lot of players in the Irish squad that are not even Irish," he said. "I have played 67 times and I love pulling on the green shirt."