Monday 21 January 2019

Dubliner says he'll never give up on Ireland return

ANDY REID says he will never walk away from the Ireland squad even though his exile from the national team under Giovanni Trapattoni (pictured) has now entered its 40th month, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

The chance of a call-up for new Blackpool signing Reid is now seen as so unlikely under the current regime that the Irish media has stopped asking Trapattoni about the Dubliner, who has not played for his country since a Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales in 2007 and has failed to even make the squad for the last 23 internationals.

Players like Richard Dunne and Shay Given have dropped hints about retiring from international football sometime soon, while Robbie Keane yesterday suggested that he would walk away from the Irish squad if he was no longer guaranteed a place in the starting line-up.

But Reid told the Herald that he remains as committed as ever to his country, even if Ireland's manager no longer wants him.

"I'm not holding my breath in terms of an Ireland call-up but nothing has changed for me on the international front," Reid said.

"If asked to play for my country I would never, ever, turn down the opportunity.

"But I'm not expecting the call any time soon."

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