No Ireland U-Turn for WBA’s Reid

Updated: December 7, 2011

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Steven Reid has re-iterated his desire not to return to international football despite the Republic of Ireland’s qualification for Euro 2012.

The 30 year old, who has impressed at right back following his move to the Hawthorns, has also insisted that his decision to quit has helped his West Brom career.

Reid decided to retire from the International scene last summer in the hope that it would bring an end to his injury problems and the former Millwall player feels his decision has been vindicated following an extended run in the Albion team.

Despite being part of the squad the last time Ireland qualified for a major tournament back in 2002 Reid is happy to sit Euro 2012 out.

Speaking to the Birmingham mail, Reid said “At this moment in time I probably wouldn’t play.

“I’ve started 14 league games this season – 14 of them on the spin, which is more than I’ve done for quite a while.

“At the moment I’m delighted with that and with staying fit and I think retiring from international football has helped me.

“I would have had another four, five or six games and instead I get the chance to recover.

“If I had had those games in midweek and been flying back from the other side or Europe to play in the Premier League it would have been a tough ask.

“I made the decision to prolong my club career and at the moment it’s going really well.

“Next summer, if there were a few injuries and they were in desperate need, then you never know.”

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