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Brady explains controversial Reid omission

Liam Brady insists Andy Reid has not been dropped from the Republic of Ireland squad because he has a poor attitude.

Giovanni Trapattoni's assistant moved to dispel any notion of a fresh row between the two men after months of speculation over their relationship.

The 26-year-old Sunderland midfielder has been left out of the squad for Wednesday night's friendly clash with Poland, and Trapattoni admitted that his disappointment at being unable to force his way into the team had left the player "sad".

However, the Italian's comments were interpreted in some quarters as suggesting Reid had been dropped because he had sulked, and Brady was swift to respond on the manager's behalf.

He said: "He [Trapattoni] outlined that he doesn't want to change the system.

"I read the papers this morning about Andy having a poor attitude - that's not what Giovanni was saying.

"Andy has trained well, he has been good around the group, but I think the manager thought he is not going to be figuring, so until he does, it is best not to have him here, that's all."

Reid simply does not fit into the system Trapattoni has employed in his opening six games - a run which has brought three wins and as many draws - with two defensively-minded central midfielders allowing wingers Damien Duff and Aiden McGeady to join forces with strikers Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle at every opportunity.

But he admits that may not always be the case, and that other players, including the former Charlton midfielder, could yet come into his thoughts.

Another man who is firmly in the thoughts of many supporters is Stephen Ireland, who has to date rejected Trapattoni's overtures to return from his self-imposed exile from international football.

The 22-year-old scored both goals in Manchester City's 2-2 draw at Hull yesterday to underline his current rich vein of form, although that came as no surprise to the Irish camp.

Asked if he wished there could be a resolution, Brady said: "Absolutely - and I do agree with [City boss] Mark Hughes, he is Man City's best player this year.

"He is playing very, very well, and we know what he can do. But the situation is what it is.

"You should ask Stephen Ireland what is on his agenda. We have been to see the boy, we have asked him to come back.

"Do you want us to go over every week to ask him?"

Trapattoni and his players trained at Malahide this morning under slate skies and in pouring rain as their work began in earnest for the Poland game.

However, skipper Keane was missing after returning to Liverpool for treatment on his shoulder injury, while keeper Dean Kiely too is back in England with a sprained wrist.

With Reading striker Noel Hunt having already been drafted in following Aiden McGeady's withdrawal, Keane will not be replaced, although Coventry keeper Kieren Westwood has been called up.

Trapattoni has already hinted that he will look at some of the more recent additions to the squad on Wednesday evening, with the likes of midfielders Keith Andrews and Darron Gibson, and particularly in the wake of Keane's departure, Hull striker Caleb Folan likely to play some part.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has praised Trapattoni's influence since taking up his post in May.

Speaking as the FAI announced a six-year commercial partnership agreement with Lucozade Sport, Delaney said: "Six games unbeaten and seven points from nine - we couldn't have wished for more than that.

"He is doing tremendous work, himself, Liam and Marco [Tardelli], the management team, the players, so we are very pleased, certainly with the results to date."


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