Simon Cox: My Nottingham Forest team mate Andy Reid still has a part to play with Ireland
SIMON Cox believes Andy Reid would have been a valuable addition to the Ireland squad had he been called up by Giovanni Trapattoni.
The Nottingham Forest midfielder remains frozen out of the international fold, despite his outstanding form this season.
But, given that he is only 30-years-old, Cox believes Reid still has plenty to offer for club and country.
"It's a question for Andy, whether he'd want to be involved again and whether the manager sees a role for him," said Cox, who has also played an integral part in the Reds' revival under Billy Davies, as they surged to six consecutive victories in the Championship to establish themselves as genuine promotion contenders.
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"If he was to come back into the international squad, he would be welcomed back and he'd be a great addition to the squad.
"He has had his fall-out with the manager (Trapattoni) and it's a matter for them to talk about, but there's no doubt that Andy has tremendous ability."
Cox, who has been in good form for the Reds, despite a run that has seen him fail to find the back of the net in 20 appearances for club and country, could be involved against Sweden tonight and against Austria next Tuesday, as Ireland face back-to-back World Cup qualifiers.
His hard-working displays have secured him a place in the squad ahead of Kevin Doyle, who was left out – a decision that was greeted with surprise in some sections of the Irish media.
Ireland's assistant boss Marco Tardelli has told Doyle that his international career is not over, after he was informed he had been dropped via text.
Doyle, whose late goal in the first game of the campaign clinched a 2-1 win in Kazakhstan, only learned he would not be joining up when he checked his phone after coming off the pitch following Wolves' 2-1 victory over Bristol City on Saturday.
Tardelli said: "We love all the players who have given us many successes and all players deserve the same things.
"The boss can't call all the players.
"But for us, it's not finished, the time for Kevin Doyle. We know he is a good player and we know in the future, it is possible for him to come back.
"We love Kevin Doyle like we love all the players, but we need sometimes to choose the right players for the Irish team."
Nottingham Forest's in-form midfielder Radoslaw Majewski has been selected for Poland's next round of World Cup qualifiers.
The playmaker, who was watched by head coach Waldemar Fornalik when he scored the opening goal in last month's 2-0 victory at Charlton, last represented his country in a friendly against Ecuador in 2010.
He has travelled to meet up with his compatriots for matches against Ukraine and San Marino.
Having been born and raised in Poland, his international future will not be threatened by a new ruling dictating that only Polish-speaking players will be handed international call ups in the future.
Chairman of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek, said the new rules would not affect those already in the squad such as Damien Perquis, who holds both Polish and French citizenship.
"The rule was not valid earlier, so it does not include Perquis, Obraniak and others who are already in the team," Boniek said.
"But no one is a Pole who doesn't speak Polish."
Damien Perquis, who has won 14 caps for Poland since 2011, acquired Polish citizenship on account of one of his grandmothers, who was a Pole.
Like Perquis, Ludowic Obraniak was born in France but had a Polish grandparent, and he has now been playing for Poland since 2009.
Algeria regular Adlene Guedioura has made the squad for his country's clash with Benin, following his recent good form.
While on-loan full-back Gonzalo Jara Reyes has been named in Chile's squad ahead of their qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay.
The Chilean coach, Jorge Sampaoli, still has doubts over his team to face Peru today, with Fiorentina's Matías Fernández and Rodrigo Millar, who plays with Atlas in Mexico, vying for the play-maker role just behind the front two.
Jara is unlikely to play at full-back for his country, who often utilise him on the left side of a three-man central defence.
"You always have to play well in Lima," said Jara. "We have no margin of error. You have to go for the three points."
Forest youngsters Jake Mulraney and Gerry McDonagh (Republic of Ireland), Ilias Polimos (Greece), Deimantas Petravicius (Lithuania) and Oliver Burke (Scotland) have also recently earned call-ups for their junior national sides.
While Henri Lansbury was in the England U21 squad that faced Romania at Wycombe last night.