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Cox claims Reid has not abandoned Irish hopes

SIMON COX says that his club-mate Steven Reid has not abandoned all hope of playing for his country again.

Reid played for Ireland the last time the team played at a major finals, and made his competitive debut against Cameroon at the 2002 World Cup finals, but he has fallen completely out of the picture under Giovanni Trapattoni -- his last cap was against Montenegro more than three years ago.

Still only 30 years old, Reid is more than capable of playing at Premier League level (11 appearances for The Baggies this season), and while it's very hard to see Trapattoni handing a recall to the player, Reid does still want to play for his country.

"I'm sure Reidy would love nothing more than a chance to play for Ireland again," said Cox, who plays with Reid at The Hawthorns.

"Even last week, when I was coming away on international duty for the Estonia games he was giving me stick, saying 'only a few of us have ever played at a major championships'.

"He said if there were a few injuries he would put himself up for selection and I think he'd even make a trip over to Poland and Ukraine to see the games."