Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has hit out at Reading defender Stephen Kelly, claiming that the player issued him with an ultimatum.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham full back Kelly was left out of Trapattoni's Ireland squad for the friendly international against Poland on February 6, with the Italian tactician saying that he was resting the player.
However, the 73-year-old coach has revealed that the actual reason behind Kelly's omission from the squad was that he had given the Ireland boss an ultimatum to play him or he would 'go home'.
"You know what happened in the situation with Kelly? 'I play or I go home'. Go home! Paul Green was called up at the last moment (for the Poland friendly) because of injury, and he came immediately, with enthusiasm," Trapattoni told reporters.
He continued: "That is the Irish players. They must be happy to come for their country, for their shirt. In their club if they didn't play, they would not say 'I no play, I go home'. They wouldn't do that in their club. Only here.
"The winner man (says), 'If you need me, I am ready'. In my life I have been very lucky. I have very many players with this attitude and character. 'I am ready to come in and play'. That is the winning man," said the former Juventus manager.