Delap disappointment

Last updated : 10 May 2002 By Christian Kelly
Rory Delap has spoken about his exclusion form the Republic of Ireland World Cup squad. Rory said: ''I was out of the picture for some time so I was a bit surprised to be called back in to face the United States recently.

''I thought I played quite well but I think the manager had already made up his mind about his squad.

''I was 95 per cent certain I was not going to be in the squad but there is no denying it hurt when I was told I was being left out.

''I would not wish that feeling on anyone. Although I expected it, I was devastated for a bit.

''I suppose it could have been worse. At least I felt I was an outsider and it would have been even harder to bear if I had felt I was a certainty.''