Tuesday 20 November 2018

Reid 'unlikely' to make Irish return under Trapattoni

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

STEVEN REID has revealed that he would "find it difficult" to work with Giovanni Trapattoni again.

The West Brom right-back retired from international football in July 2010 after the manager publicly questioned his ability to return to full fitness after a series of serious knee injuries.

Now in his second season as a Baggies regular, the question of an international return has cropped up. However, Reid -- who played in the 2002 World Cup finals and was an early favourite of Trapattoni after he took the Ireland job -- has all but ruled any prospect of pulling on a green shirt again.

"There is no contact (from the Ireland camp) and I do not think that will be happening," Reid said.

"Deep down, I would find it difficult after the comments made by the manager when I was getting back to fitness.


"You can never say never in football, and if the opportunity did come around, I would have to see. But at the minute, it is looking pretty unlikely that it will happen."

Meanwhile, Trapattoni has been urged to point his beloved satellite dish towards Reading this evening and check out Alex Pearce.

The highly rated defender (22) wants to prove his international potential to Trapattoni and is hoping that the Irish boss might tune into television coverage of Reading's tie with Championship leaders Southampton.

Pearce has been capped as a schoolboy by Ireland and twice at U-21s by Scotland, but he insisted: "The country I have always wanted to play for is Ireland."

Former Ireland striker David Connolly will test Pearce's credentials when he leads a Southampton attack that has scored in every match this season.

Reading v Southampton,

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