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Ditched Foley feels betrayed
Published : 30 May 2012 08:47:00
Kevin Foley felt 'betrayed' by Giovanni Trapattoni's decision to leave him out of the Ireland squad for Euro 2012.
The 27-year-old defender was stunned to discover that he will not be going to Poland and Ukraine after manager Giovanni Trapattoni opted not to name him in his final 23 for the tournament, instead deciding to boost his central defence by taking Paul McShane instead.
Foley said: "It is hard to take, you know. I sort of feel betrayed. I don't want to go into too much detail. I just feel betrayed."
The Wolves full-back has spent the last week or so working his way back to fitness after a hamstring problem, but although he trained with his team-mates on Monday in Borgo A Buggiano, Trapattoni decided injury concerns over John O'Shea and Darren O'Dea made McShane a better option as he can play at both right-back and in central defence.
Foley said: "I wanted to prove a point, that I was fit to play because from what I understood, I could have trained last week, Thursday, Friday and been involved in the game [against Bosnia on Saturday].
"He (Trapattoni) said there was no rush and we will wait to train in Italy, so I trained for two days in Italy and felt great. And then all of a sudden, he pulls me... just before the end and says, 'You are not in the squad', and that is hard to take.
"I have done everything I can. That is all I can do. Words can't really describe it. It was tough.
"The lads have been great, but what happened happened, there's nothing I can do about it now. I hope the lads go on and do as well as they can from the tournament."
Speaking after Ireland's 5-0 defeat of a Tuscan select XI on Tuesday night, Trapattoni was clearly emotional as he outlined the reasons for his decision to drop Foley.
He said: "Obviously, he was clearly upset. Also me. But I have a responsibility to our team and the Irish nation. It's my duty to take this decision disregarding personal feeling. For me and for [assistant] Marco [Tardelli], it was very difficult, but we had to decide on one defender more."