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Reading's Kelly and Republic of Ireland boss in loyalty spat

Reading's Stephen Kelly has angrily rejected claims by Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni that he is not committed to the international squad, reports BBC Sport. Trapattoni said on Thursday that the defender had indicated that he wouldn't make himself available unless given assurances that he would play.

However, Kelly made a trenchant denial of Trapattoni's comments on Friday.

"I am simply shocked and disgusted with the untrue and unwarranted comments made by Giovanni Trapattoni," he said.

"These hurtful and untrue comments have caused distress and upset to myself and my family who have supported me throughout my career and know the level of commitment and passion I have always shown in representing my country.

"I have proudly represented Ireland from the age of 16 and I have never shown anything other than 100% commitment to my country and my team.

"I cannot and will not tolerate attempts to defame my commitment and loyalty to Ireland," added the 29 year old, who has won 32 caps.

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