Irish soccer manager Giovanni Trapattoni has sensationally dropped Kevin Foley from his European Championship squad.
Trap told the Wolves defender he is out of the final 23 man squad on Tuesday morning, just minutes before it was submitted to UEFA.
Foley’s ongoing hamstring injury problems and concerns about John O’Shea’s fitness mean Foley is out and Paul McShane is in the final squad for the tournament.
Trapattoni said: “With the injuries that we experienced in the squad over the past week, I have had to make a tough decision when it comes to naming the 23 players that must be submitted to UEFA for the championship.
“Kevin Foley, John O’Shea, Paul McShane, Darren O’Dea, Shay Given had all been carrying knocks and we have been monitoring them closely in their recovery.
“Although Kevin has been recovering well, I have made the difficult decision to leave him out of the 23 player list after completing fitness tests on John O’Shea and Paul Mc Shane this morning. I have spoken to him and understand how difficult it is, saying that he can remain with the squad if he wishes.”
Trapattoni lost Birmingham midfielder Keith Fahey to injury last Saturday with his place in the squad doing to Paul Green.