Kevin Foley has revealed he feels 'betrayed' after being left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012 by Giovanni Trapattoni.
The Wolves defender was replaced in the 23-man squad for the tournament by Paul McShane on Tuesday due to concerns over a hamstring injury.
Foley had been working on building up his fitness over the past week and played 45 minutes in a friendly game against a Tuscan Select XI on Tuesday evening.
However, concerns over the fitness of John O'Shea and Darren O'Dea prompted Trapattoni to select McShane ahead of Foley, and the full-back is coming to terms with his omission.
"It is hard to take, you know," said Foley. "I sort of feel betrayed. I don't want to go into too much detail. I just feel betrayed."
Hard to take
He added: "I wanted to prove a point, that I was fit to play because from what I understood, I could have trained last week, Thursday, Friday and been involved in the game [against Bosnia on Saturday].
"He (Trapattoni) said there was no rush and we will wait to train in Italy, so I trained for two days in Italy and felt great. And then all of a sudden, he pulls me this morning just before the end and says, 'You are not in the squad', and that is hard to take.
"I have done everything I can. That is all I can do. Words can't really describe it. It was tough.
"The lads have been great, but what happened happened, there's nothing I can do about it now.
"I hope the lads go on and do as well as they can from the tournament.
"I go home tomorrow. I don't want to talk about that. It's a lot to take in."