Monday 23 April 2018

Wilson in the dark over Trap 'behaviour' allegations

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MARC WILSON is perplexed by criticism from Giovanni Trapattoni, but has indicated that he is willing to organise clear-the-air talks with the Ireland manager, with a view to winning a place back in the squad.

Trapattoni spoke witheringly about the Stoke man last week, stating that he wouldn't be bothered if the Antrim native switched his international allegiance to Northern Ireland.

Wilson has no intention of going down that route, but is confused by Trapattoni's slightly vague reasoning for his exile. It is common knowledge that he was in the bad books last May when failing to show for the Carling Nations Cup and not returning calls even when he was named in the side for a game against the North.

However, Trapattoni said there was a different reason for the 24-year-old's plight, alluding to a disciplinary problem of some kind.

"The players have to have a certain behaviour when they come into the squad," he said. "There was a situation. I cannot say what."

Wilson spoke out yesterday and said he would be willing to apologise if Trapattoni clarified what exactly it is that he did wrong.

"There is not a single incident I can think of that he can be thinking about," said Wilson. "I'm in the dark about it. If I had done something wrong, I'd have no problem with the manager saying that. I'd hold my hand up and apologise for what I'd done. I'd gladly do that.

"If I need to make an approach to the manager and try to clear this up, then I will do that.

"But nobody has explained to me what I am supposed to apologise for. I don't even understand how this has come about. I haven't been in that many squads and I haven't been in the squad at all since August. If I've done something to upset the manager, then neither he nor the FAI have said to me what that is, so I can't apologise when I don't know what I have done."

Wilson won his only cap against Wales last February. He can offer cover in a number of positions, and admits he is jealous of clubmates Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters, who look certain to be on the plane to Euro 2012.

"I see the lads in training every day and they're all looking forward to the Euros," he said. "I hear about it all the time. I feel I could play and do well for the national team. I'm in the Stoke team and I'm doing well, so I have no doubt about being able to play at international level. I just want to play for my country again."

Switching to another country is, therefore, off the agenda. "Not for a second. I don't just want to play international football for anyone, I want to play for the Republic," he responded. "There's been no approach from Michael (O'Neill) or the IFA at all, no phone call or text, but it would be a wasted phone call.

"If I'm not going to play for the Republic, then I won't play international football."

Irish Independent

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