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Reid's Euros emergency offer

STEVEN Reid is still unhappy with comments made by Giovanni Trapattoni about his recovery from a long-term knee injury but says it wouldn't stop him making an Ireland return in an emergency.

The West Brom man was flabbergasted two years ago when Trapattoni suggested he would never return to full fitness after almost a year on the sidelines at Blackburn with a problem that was exacerbated on international duty.

He subsequently retired from the international game, yet he has made noises that he would come back for Euro 2012 if there was a raft of injuries. Ultimately, though, the 30-year-old believes that the team who made it there should be rewarded.

And while he remains upset by Trapattoni's public scepticism, he wouldn't let that get in the way.

"You can't bear grudges because sooner or later opportunities come around and you're up against or playing for people that have said something," Reid told Newstalk's 'Off The Ball' last night.

"If the question was asked then you never know. But the lads have done brilliant to qualify for next summer, and the squad that qualified is the squad that deserves to go.

"So I'm not going to jump on board and say I want to go to the Euros. But if there was four, five, six injuries and the squad was struggling for injuries and the question was asked, it would be difficult to turn down.

"I just felt he (Trapattoni) should have rung me (in 2009). I spoke to Liam (Brady) and Alan Kelly and it was put down to a mix-up and a language barrier coming into play but it shouldn't have happened, really. I've not spoken to him since.

"At the time, I didn't want to say anything but I was very upset by it. It's not what you need on the back of a 10 or 11-month recovery, that a manager is saying those sort of things. You can't throw away lines like that when you're trying to get back."

Reid's club colleague Shane Long will be going to the finals, and the converted right-back has hailed the impact of the Tipp native since his summer move. He believes the ex-Reading poacher can finish high up the goalscoring charts.

"I've known him for years and I don't think it's a surprise how well he's doing," said Reid. "He's full of running, a threat in the air and can get hold of the ball. He's on five league goals and there's no reason why he shouldn't crack on to the 10 or 15-goal mark."

Irish Independent