Ian Harte has spoken out against Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni ahead of Wednesday night’s friendly match against Poland. The Reading left-back claimed that the Italian did not even realise that he was eligible for the national squad.
The Irish international slammed Trapattoni, tweeting “To all the people asking if I have retired from international football. No I haven’t trap didn’t even know I was Irish #whataclown”.
To all the people asking if I have retired from international football.no I haven’t trap didn’t even know I was Irish #whataclown
— Ian Harte(@ianharte23) February 5, 2013
The upfront comments come following similar circumstances in the past where the Italian veteran has been left looking out of touch with his players, notably regarding incidents involving Shane Long and Kevin Foley.
Harte had already publically blasted the national manager in a similar fashion in 2011. At the time, the 35 year old stated that Trapattoni hadn’t known he was Irish until a squad member informed him.
“I was speaking to a few of the players and they said he did not realise I was Irish, even though I have played 67 times, scored 11 goals and am the second leading scorer in the squad,” the Reading left back said.