Republic of Ireland assistant Tardelli offers Doyle assurance

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli has assured Kevin Doyle that he has an international future.

The Wolves striker was omitted from the final squad of 23 players for the Republic's World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.

"The boss can't call all the players but we love them all," said Tardelli.

"But for us, it's not finished, the time for Kevin Doyle. We know he is a good player, and we know in the future it is possible for him to come back."

Doyle was named in manager Giovanni Trapattoni's provisional party of 29 for Friday's game in Stockholm and the home clash with Austria four days later, but despite being a constant in the squad during the Italian's reign, he did not make the final 23.

The forward spoke of his disappointment at learning of his omission via a text message which he saw when he came off the pitch after scoring the winner in his club's 2-1 Championship victory over Bristol City on Saturday.

Marco Tardelli
Marco Tardelli says Kevin Doyle still has an international future

"I was very disappointed to come in after the game to a text message saying I wasn't to travel to Ireland to join up with the squad," said the 29-year-old.

"I have been in every squad when I have been fit for seven and a half years, so it was disappointing.

"I thought I might get a phone call, but it wasn't to be and I haven't spoken to the manager about it.

"Maybe he will speak to me about it in the future but, for now, I just have to get on with it.

"I have been in squads for seven and a half years and certainly never took it for granted and have always found it a great pleasure and privilege to play for my country.

"I feel I have always given 100% in terms of showing the right attitude and dedication with Ireland in every training session and every match.

"I will carry on doing that and hopefully get another opportunity to do that again in the future.

"It was disappointing to get the text message telling me not to travel, particularly after such a good game with Wolves, and you quickly go from one extreme to another.

"But that's football - I'm not going to cry about it and just get on with it and hopefully get back in the squad as soon as I can."