Andy Reid has revealed his gratitude to Noel King after the Republic of Ireland interim boss called him up to his squad for the forthcoming games against Germany and Kazakhstan.
The 31-year-old midfielder, who has scored four goals in 27 appearances for his country, has not been involved in an Ireland squad since 2008, owing to a disagreement with former manager Giovanni Trapattoni, and the Nottingham Forest man admitted that he did not think he would ever play for the Boys in Green again.
"Being honest with you, I didn't think the opportunity would come along again," he told the Irish Examiner.
Nevertheless, King, who will temporarily manage Ireland, opted to include Reid in his squad for the final World Cup qualification games, praising the midfielder's technical ability, and said that he would be "glad" to have him in the squad.
"I like him as a player," said the 57-year-old. "He's technically very smart, internationally smart, so I'll be glad to have him in the group."
Reid said that he was grateful to King for the opportunity and is hoping that his inclusion in the squad will allow him to "put to bed" his recent negative experiences with the national team.
"I'm really grateful to Noel King for selecting me in this squad," he said. "And if I get a chance to play, it will just put to bed some of the more recent bad times I've had in the international set-up."
Reid scored in Nottingham Forest's 1-1 draw against Charlton on Tuesday evening, taking his league tally to five goals in 10 games.