Shorey admits England hurt
Reading defender disappointed to miss Moscow clash
Last Updated: October 26, 2007 10:12am
Shorey: England ambition
Nicky Shorey admits he harbours real disappointment over Steve McClaren's decision to overlook him for the left-back berth in Russia last week.
While some would say Shorey should be thankful he was excused from the heavily criticised defeat, the Reading defender feels he could have done a job in Moscow.
When Ashley Cole suffered an injury against Estonia on the Saturday, Shorey - the only other recognised left-back in McClaren's squad - must have felt he was in line to step into the breach.
Instead, McClaren opted to employ Joleon Lescott, a natural central defender, in a full-back position and Shorey concedes the decision still rankles.
"I was a bit disappointed not to play," Shorey is quoted in the Daily Telegraph.
"There were two left-backs in the squad and one (Cole) was injured. Obviously it was disappointing when a centre-half plays at full-back but I don't really want to go into it.
"It's the manager who makes the decisions, he had other ideas and I respect that.
"Actually, I thought Joleon did well, but unfortunately they got a goal back and then there was a crazy five minutes after that."