Ireland commented on the eve of the World Cup play-off against France
Manchester City midfield Stephen Ireland has said that he never enjoyed playing for the Republic of Ireland.
Ireland has been in self-imposed international exile for two years and now appears to have ruled out a return to Republic duty.
"No manager would sway my decision now," he said, ahead of the Republic's World Cup play-off against France.
"Even if they get to the World Cup, there's not a part of me that will think 'that could have been me'."
Ireland pulled out of the Republic squad prior to a Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic in September 2007 and he has not played for his country since then.
He withdrew from the squad for the Prague game, initially citing the passing of his maternal grandmother, and then the death of his paternal one, before it emerged that his girlfriend had suffered a miscarriage.
The Manchester City star was also scornful of Giovanni Trapattoni's attempts to convince him to return to the Republic set-up.
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