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Saturday 16 December 2017

Reid's Green dream alive

AFTER 18 months in exile, Andy Reid insists he has not given up on his dream of playing for Ireland again.

And the 27- year-old says he will put all his efforts into using his Sunderland appearances to show Giovanni Trapattoni that he deserves a place in the squad.

The Dubliner has not played for Ireland under Trapattoni, and he has failed to even make the Irish squad for the last 14 games, as he's been controversially omitted each time.

Reid was recently injured and would not have been fit to play against Brazil last week even if Trapattoni had selected him, though there’s an outside chance he could be fit to take a place on the bench against Bolton tomorrow night.

The Italian did suggest after the game at Emirates Stadium that the door was not completely closed on an international return for Reid, but the player says that Ireland caps will follow if he carries on doing well with his club.

“My motivation is at Sunderland,” Reid said. “I motivate myself to go out and play well for Sunderland. “I believe that if I'm doing the right things for Sunderland and playing well for them, the Ireland thing will probably take care of itself.

“I have all the motivation I need at Sunderland and I can't really do anything else about Ireland. “Sunderland has to come first,” added Reid.

Roy Keane famously admitted that he rarely watched Ireland games when he was not involved as a player, but Reid did check out the 2-0 defeat by Brazil in London.

“I did watch the Ireland game on Tuesday. I watch all of them – I'm still a fan,” he said. “I thought Ireland did quite well – Brazil are quite a good side so it was always going to be a difficult game.

“I think those games are probably more for experience and you just go out and do your best against sides like that.

“With no tournament to aim for it was probably more of a get together and let's see what we can do. I think it probably went quite well from that point of view.”

Reid has missed the last two Sunderland games due to injury but boss Steve Bruce hoped the Dubliner may be able to take a place on the bench for tomorrow’s game at home to Bolton, and then come into the starting XI against Manchester City at the weekend.

Reid said: “Bolton is too soon but hopefully I'll be back for Manchester City – it all depends on how much training I can do before then. “I'm really doing everything that I can to be back. I haven't left the Academy before 4pm since I've been injured. I'm doing everything I can to get back.”

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