STEVEN REID has revealed that he was upset and disappointed by comments made by Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni which effectively ended his international career.
Reid, who played at the 2002 World Cup finals, has not played for Ireland in over three years and he has now admitted that his last cap – away to Montenegro in 2008 – was the last time he spoke to Trapattoni.
The Italian caused major upset for Reid when he suggested that he would struggle to recover from a knee injury.
Reid, of course, went on to make a full recovery and is a first-team regular in the Premier League with West Brom this season, and he finds it hard to accept Trapattoni's explanation that his comments were just badly worded. “
At the time I was trying to get fit again – and ultimately to get back into the Ireland team – so I didn't want to get involved in what was said but I was very upset by it,” Reid told the Off The Ball show on Newstalk. “
It's not what you need when you are coming towards the end of a 10- or 11-month process of getting back to full fitness. Obviously he has said it was a mix-up but it's hard to simply accept throw-away lines like ‘mix-up' when you are trying to get your career on track.
“I spoke to Liam (Brady) and Alan Kelly afterwards and they mentioned the language barrier coming into play but they were still really disappointing comments that shouldn't have been made.” Asked if Trapattoni made contact to discuss the matter at any time since, Reid revealed: “I don't think I've spoken to him since the Montenegro game.
” However, Reid has not completely ruled out the idea of an international return, though he does admit it's unlikely. “If the question was asked then it would be a hard thing to turn down, we'd have to look at it,” he said .“
But the squad that qualified deserves to be the squad that goes and I wouldn't want to just jump on board and say ‘I want to go to the Euros'. “It's one of those, though...
if there were four, five or six injuries in the lead-up to it and they were struggling for numbers...”