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Sunday 22 October 2017

Best sends message to Trap

Leon Best, Republic of Ireland. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE...ABC
Leon Best, Republic of Ireland. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE...ABC

FORGOTTEN man Leon Best delivered a reminder of his talents when he came up with a stunning individual goal to give Blackburn Rovers a draw on the opening day of the Championship season.

And the 26-year-old also sent out a message to Giovanni Trapattoni over his exile from the Ireland squad, Best describing as "pathetic" Trapattoni's claim that the player was "lazy".

Best's first season with Blackburn last term was ruined before it had even started as he suffered a cruciate injury in a pre-season friendly before he'd made his debut, but the former Coventry and Southampton man had a superb start to the new term, coming off the bench to equalise for Blackburn away to Derby County, the sides finishing 1-1.

Best (pictured) was last capped against Brazil over three years ago and does not expect his exile to end soon. He pulled out of the squad before the Euro 2012 playoff against Estonia to attend the birth of his first child as Trapattoni had told the player he would not play.

"He told me that I wasn't going to be involved but that he wanted to have a look at me anyway. I just couldn't get my head around that at the time," Best said.

Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick started for Derby and Conor Sammon came off the bench, while Dubliner Alan Judge gave an impressive display for Blackburn.

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