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Reid: I won't walk away

IRELAND OUTCAST Andy Reid says he will never walk away from his country, even though the Sunderland man admits that he is unlikely to be picked for Ireland as long as Giovanni Trapattoni is in charge of the side.

Reid, 28 last month, made his comeback from a calf injury after six months on the sidelines and had a major boost this week as he played 90 minutes for the Black Cats' reserves on Tuesday. But he is still short of match fitness and will not be involved for Sunderland in their Premier League clash with Wigan tomorrow.

Reid has missed the last 26 internationals and, due to his falling out with Trapattoni in 2008, he has not even made the squad for the last two years.

But the former Tottenham star insists he will not be quitting international football and he stated his belief that he will wear the green shirt again - just not under the current regime.

"I am very optimistic that at some stage in the future I will play for Ireland again," Reid told the Herald. "Being realistic, it's hard to see me getting back into the Ireland squad under the present manager.

"I have said 100 times and I'll say it again today -- I am ready to play for my country any time and anywhere.

"There is no change in tack or big decision from my end, I am not quitting or walking away, I will remain available for Ireland as long as possible."