Kevin Foley has criticised Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni after the Wolverhampton Wanderers player was left out of the Ireland squad for Euro 2012, the BBC
Foley was originally named in the travelling party three weeks ago but had been struggling with a hamstring injury, but insisted he was fully fit and played in Ireland’s friendly victory over a Tuscan select XI on Tuesday. But Paul McShane, who was brought into the set-up as injury cover, was included instead of Foley after concerns arose over the fitness of Darren O’Dea and John O’Shea.
“It’s hard to take. I don’t want to go into too much detail. I just feel betrayed,” Foley said, adding: “I have done everything I can. That is all I can do. Words can’t really describe it. It was tough.” Foley also revealed he could have trained last week and been involved in Ireland’s previous friendly with Bosnia-Herzegovina, but was advised by Trapattoni to wait until the group went to Italy before he returned to action.
Foley stressed that he wished the squad well at Euro 2012 and was invited by Trapattoni to remain with the squad, but declined the offer and chose to return home.
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