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Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock has lashed out after in-form keeper Paddy Kenny was dropped from Steve Staunton's most recent Republic of Ireland squad.

Kenny, 28, was dropped from the 23-man squad for the Euro 2008 qualifier against San Marino at Lansdowne Road, with the Ireland boss citing "personal difficulties".

Yet the Blades keeper put in a performance of the highest order on Saturday as his side claimed a 2-2 draw with high-flying Bolton, taking the plaudits thanks to stunning saves that denied Idan Tal and Abdoulaye Faye, and Warnock has branded Staunton's reasoning behind the decision "rubbish".

"We have seen two world-class saves by somebody who cannot get into the Ireland squad," said Warnock after the game. "It is no wonder Paddy was disappointed, but I have told him to play his own game and that I am sure there will be a time when he is needed again.

"I thought he was superb today in difficult conditions, and although he made a mistake a couple of weeks ago in the defeat at Chelsea, other than that he has had a good season."

Warnock feels that the issues Staunton was referring to are now a thing of the past.

"He has had personal problems, but he has come through those well and, if I am honest, I am disappointed he has not been selected for Ireland because I think he deserves it.

"I don't think the decision was viable. When they told him, I think they said things to him about his personal problems that he didn't believe.

"He would rather be playing. He wants to go, of course he does. If anything happens to Shay Given then there is nobody better than Paddy Kenny."

Pressed to comment further on Staunton's rationale for dropping the keeper, Warnock said: "That's rubbish, and Paddy has said he doesn't accept that.

"He just wants to play and he is disappointed he is not in the squad, and quite rightly so."