You clown! Harte slams Trapattoni after claiming Republic boss 'didn't know he was Irish'
and World Cup 2014 campaigns.
The former Leeds, Levante and Carlisle United left back, 35, who earned the last of his 63 Ireland caps in 2007, has not been considered for selection since Trapattoni took over from Steve Staunton five years ago.
In a question and answer session on Twitter, Harte tweeted: ‘To all the people asking if I have retired from international football.no I haven’t trap didn’t even know I was Irish #whataclown’.
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Two years ago Harte claimed that
Ireland’s predominantly Italian back-room staff had admitted to one
Irish player that they were unaware Harte was an experienced
international who had played in the 2002 World Cup Finals under Mick
Trapattoni later dismissed Harte’s criticism during the pre-match press conference on Tuesday night, saying: 'I know him and saw many games and two years ago he was old enough.
'We have Stephen Ward and we welcome back Greg Cunningham now just as we knew about Kevin Kilbane. We know this.
'I don’t answer him. Which manager thinks about Sammon, Hendrick Ask manager of Harte who these players are.'
Meanwhile, Derby striker Connor Sammon will make his debut against Poland tomorrow night.
The former Wigan forward, sold by Roberto Martinez in the summer, has been handed his first game for the Republic ahead of Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.
Sammon, called up by manager Trapattoni last week, has impressed in training in Dublin over the last two days.
He will partner West Bromwich Albion
striker Shane Long from the start in the Aviva Stadium. Captain Robbie
Keane has been left out of the World Cup warm-up game – Ireland face
Austria and Sweden next month – as he prepares for the new MLS season.
Trapattoni said: 'He is robust and
quick. The big man they are not generally so agile and sensible with the
ball. He can defend the ball very well up front and attack their
Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals
'He can also play. He is big and bold
and strong but usually such players are not so quick. I hope he can
continue because we have been impressed over the two days with us and
with his club.'
The Ireland manager has left out Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood after he failed to get a move out of Wearside during the January transfer window.
Millwall keeper David Forde, who has been a regular this season, takes his place and could now play his first competitive games next month. Veteran Shay Given will be available next month but Trapattoni looks set to ignore his availability for international matches.