Sunderland's Andy Reid keeps it reel after his latest Ireland snub

20 January 2009 12:31
Folk hero: music lover Andy Reid strums the banjo in preparation for his debut at a Dublin club Trapattoni has made it clear the 25 named yesterday will see Ireland through to the World Cup finals in South Africa. No place for Manchester City's Stephen Ireland, who still refuses to answer the call, nor for the experience of Birmingham's Lee Carsley, who remains desperate to receive one. The omission of Reid, one of Ireland's few playmakers, is equally bizarre and comes after he and Trapattoni fell out earlier in the season. The coach says Reid is not playing enough, yet includes Steve Finnan, Shane Long, Liam Miller and, of course, captain Robbie Keane.   More. Reid and Ireland miss out again as Trapattoni reveals Republic squad Sunderland star Reid rules out war of words with Ireland boss Trap SUNDERLAND FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB Trapattoni has yet to appreciate Reid's playing ability, either as a guitarist or creative midfielder and Reid is reluctant to be drawn into a row. He told Sportsmail: 'Of course I want to play for Ireland and I want to play in the World Cup. It has been a dream since watching the 1990 World Cup. I just need to get my head down, perform well and stay in the Sunderland team.' As for Reid's musical ability, that is not in question. Before Christmas, Gaelic-speaking television channel TG4 showed a documentary featuring eight celebrities, including the former Spurs and Charlton midfielder. Despite his international exile, Reid harbours hope of earning a recall for Ireland Faoi Lan Cheoil (rough translation Let's Go), ended with a performance of traditional Irish music to 300 people in a Dublin folk club, when Reid experienced very different nerves to those he encounters in his day job. He said: 'When I go out on the football pitch I am really confident because from your apprenticeship you gear up for playing in front of big crowds. But to go out and play the banjo, which I had only been playing for seven months, that's a completely different story. 'All the focus was on me which made it harder but I was playing with brilliant musicians so I had a feeling they would make sure I came through at all costs.' Moving up: Reid is positive about Sunderland's future Reid started playing his guitar in front of his new Sunderland team-mates on a team-bonding session in the Lake District. Although never brave enough to test his Bob Dylan repertoire in front of Roy Keane - one of the American performer's biggest fans - the former Sunderland manager had heard Reid perform on international duty and insisted on the musical introduction. The 26-year-old acknowledges that Keane's resignation was a blow to him and the club, but insists they will move on under Ricky Sbragia. Reid added: 'The manager was a big part of me coming here but the whole club and facilities are geared up to progress and I wanted to play in the top flight. 'I enjoyed the struggle last season and this season was time to kick on, but I never expected us to be consistent with so many players coming in. 'The manager leaving was a big blow but it was up to us to perform after he left and show what we can do. I think we have done that.'   More. Reid and Ireland miss out again as Trapattoni reveals Republic squad Sunderland star Reid rules out war of words with Ireland boss Trap SUNDERLAND FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB  

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