The right back of Reading FC, Stephen Kelly, has said that he is shocked with the recent statements of Giovanni Trapattoni, the manager of the Ireland football team.
In a press conference on Thursday, Trapattoni had questioned Kelly’s commitment for his national side.

Trapattoni said, “I am really disappointed with Kelly’s attitude. He wants to be included in the squad only if he is assured that he would get a playing opportunity. It’s not the right attitude to have in a team game.”

Kelly looked very upset with Trapattoni’s statement. The Reading defender said, “It’s hard to believe that an experienced manager like Trapattoni has given this statement. I hadn’t expected him to say these things.”

“I am really upset. I have always been fully committed to the Ireland team and have never tried to go against the decision of the manager. I have always respected his decision. I don’t know why he has said all that.”

“It has hurt my family members as well. They know how passionate I have been to play for my country.”

“To play for Ireland was my childhood dream and I am privileged to have got the opportunity to play for my country. I also got the opportunity to captain my national side and that’s the greatest achievement of my career.”

“I am always available for selection. I have never forced the manager to give me the playing opportunity. I have always followed his instructions and I will continue to do the same in the future as well.”

Kelly had a controversy with the assistant manager of the Ireland team Marco Tardelli as well in October last year and now, the manager has given controversial statements about him. So, it will be interesting to see whether Kelly gets included in the Ireland team for the World Cup qualifying matches against Sweden and Austria.