Doyle Dropped By Text Message

kdIreland striker Kevin Doyle has expressed his disappointment at the manner in which he was dropped from the Ireland squad after Giovanni Trapattoni and the FAI acknowledged his omission by text message.

Doyle, an ever present in the Ireland squad for the last seven years, was placed on standby for the crunch World Cup qualifier double header with Sweden and Austria.

The Wolves striker, who scored in Saturday’s crucial 2-1 win over Bristol City revealed that he found out he had been dropped via text message and he feels let down that the powers that be hadn’t the decency to phone him.

Speaking to the official Wolves website, the Wexford native said  “I was very disappointed to come in after the game to a text message saying I wasn’t to travel to Ireland to join up with the squad,”.

“I have been in every squad when I have been fit for seven-and-a-half years so it was disappointing. I thought I might get a phone call but it wasn’t to be and I haven’t spoken to the manager about it.”

“Maybe he will speak to me about it in the future and for now I just have to get on with it.”

Despite his omission from the squad, Doyle, unlike others, is determined to fight his way back into the Ireland squad and will continue to give his utmost to ensure he regains the green shirt.

“I’ve been in squads for seven-and-a-half years and certainly never took it for granted and have always found it a great pleasure and privilege to play for my country,” he said.

“I feel I have always given 100 per cent in terms of showing the right attitude and dedication with Ireland in every training session and every match as I do here at Wolves.”

“I will carry on doing that and hopefully get another opportunity to do that again in the future,” he added.

Doyle is the latest in a string of Ireland internationals to raise question marks over the way players are treated by the Irish management. In recent months Trapattoni has endured spats with with Stephen Kelly, Darron Gibson and Kevin Foley, with the latter to opting for self imposed exile from the squad. Shane Long and James McClean have also been involved in heated arguments with the Italian.

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