Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has admitted he is disappointed at being dropped from the Ireland squad and has expressed sadness in the manner in which he was told the news.
Doyle was informed that he had been dropped from the squad by text message, after he was named in an initial provisional squad for the crunch World Cup qualifier double header with Sweden and Austria.
Doyle has virtually been an ever present in the Republic set up for the past seven years, and he feels let down that he did not, at the least, receive a phone call from the manager.
“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,” Doyle told his club’s website.
“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 the disappointment, Doyle is determined to make his way back into manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s plans in the near future.
“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.
Despite the omission, assistant manager, Marco Tardelli claims that Doyle is still very much part of future plans.
Tardelli said: “We love all the players who have given us many successes and all players deserve the same things. The boss can’t call all the players.
“But for us, it’s not finished, the time for Kevin Doyle. We know he is a good player and we know in the future, it is possible for him to come back.”