Ian Harte rules out Ireland return
Despite being selected at left-back in the PFA Championship Team of the Year, Ian Harte has admitted that a recall to the Ireland setup is unlikely.
Harte made 67 appearances for the Republic of Ireland between 1996 and 2007, scoring 11 times. He made his Irish debut under Mick McCarthy against Croatia, and went on to appear in all of Ireland’s games at the 2002 World Cup. His last game came against San Marino in a World Cup 2008 qualifier under Steve Staunton.
The 34-year-old defender was one of Reading’s best players this season as he helped the Royals to promotion, but told Sky Sports that he does not expect a phone call from Giovanni Trapattoni any time soon. “I played pretty well last year as well,” said Harte. “The manager Giovanni Trapattoni did not come and get me then.
“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. It would be nice for a shout but I don’t think it will happen. ‘I didn’t realise he was Irish?’ You have just got laugh about it.
“I know what I bring to the team. People have said for the last 10 years that I might have lost my pace, but I have never had the pace. It is not as if I had the pace and I lost it. It is all about being clever and getting the better of your opponent
“I am Irish as well and there are a lot of players in the Irish squad that are not even Irish. For me I have played 67 times and I love pulling on the green shirt.”