thumbnail Hello,

The Reading defender has been named in the Championship Team of the Year for the second season running but admits he is unlikely to go to Euro 2012

Ian Harte will once again be a Premier League defender after a four-year absence from the English top flight but does not expect to add to his 67 Ireland caps despite his late-career renaissance.

The left back helped Reading to promotion and sealed a place in the Championship Team of the Year for the second consecutive season but admits he is off the international radar of Giovanni Trapattoni ahead of 2012.

In fact, the 34-year-old claims that the Ireland manager was not even aware of his nationality in spite of a long, illustrious international career.

"I was speaking to a few of the players and they said he [Trapattoni] 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," he told Sky Sports News.

"I played pretty well last year as well but the manager did not come and get me then.

"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."

Harte also lashed out at current Ireland internationals who may not have been born in the country.

"I am Irish as well and there are a lot of players in the Irish squad that are not even Irish," he said. "For me, I have played 67 times and I love pulling on the green shirt."

Harte also confirmed that he is likely to ink a one-year extension to his contract at Reading after joining from Carlisle in 2010.

Related

From the web