Wolves winger Stephen Hunt has admitted that he was 'angry' and 'heartbroken' when he did not play at Euro 2012 for the Republic of Ireland.
The midfielder was one of a number of senior players that did not feature for the Boys in Green at the tournament in June 2012, and while conceding that he was 'frustrated' with Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni, he maintains that he never considered a self-imposed international exile.
"Maybe Trapattoni had seen I wasn’t 100 per cent fit, but I still think I should have played certain parts of [Euro 2012], for sure," said the former Reading man.
"[I was] angry, yes. Heartbroken, yes. But no, I never thought about not wanting to play. I told him I was frustrated, especially after the Italy game. I was heartbroken and very upset after the game.
He added: "[Trapattoni] has his ways. He's stubborn. But I do like him and I think he is the right man for the job and that's coming from a person who didn't play."
The 31-year-old attacker has been struggling with a spate of injuries since the summer but believes that he can re-claim his place in the national squad - and at club level - when he recovers.
"Now, there’s a friendly in February (against Poland) which I’d love to play in but, we’re going to (play a qualifier against) Sweden and if I can get back playing five or six games before that, then I’ll be there. I’ve no doubt that the manager believes in me.
"When I’m fit, I won’t be frozen out (at Wolves). I will play. If I can’t get into the team now, where it is in the league [I might as well] retire," added Hunt.