''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.''