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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 March 2007, 13:35 GMT
Wales manager's snub angers Oster
John Oster
Oster has won 13 caps for Wales
John Oster has criticised Wales manager John Toshack for continuing to ignore the Reading midfielder.

The 28-year-old has been overlooked since Toshack took over as manager from Mark Hughes in November 2004.

"If I'm honest, no, I wouldn't rather be playing for Wales," Oster said.

"Unless John Toshack phones me up and explains why he has left me out and picked players from Yeovil and Shrewsbury etc, then I personally don't want to play."

Oster was again overlooked for the Wales squad for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifying matches with the Republic of Ireland this Saturday and San Marino four days later.

"He (Toshack) hasn't given me an explanation. I don't know anything about the bloke," Oster, who has 13 caps, said.

"I have never spoken to him at all or ever come across him. So I don't know if he just doesn't like me as a person or a player or what.

My situation at Reading isn't ideal. If it remains the same then I will probably look to go elsewhere

John Oster

"But there's no doubt I have got more quality than some of the players he is putting in the squad.

"Craig Bellamy (the Wales and Liverpool striker) phoned me up the other week asking me to speak to him (Toshack), but there's no way I'm going to.

"He is obviously too stubborn a person to speak to me and so that's the way it is.

"But I will be watching their game. I obviously want the lads to do well."

Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage and Charlton defender Ben Thatcher have both been discarded by Toshack after rows, although Sunderland defender Danny Collins has been welcomed back into the fold after an apology.

Oster is also unhappy with his situation with Reading, despite having signed a new deal earlier this season which ties him to the club until the end of next season.

But the former Sunderland and Everton player is disappointed at starting just three of the Royals' Premiership games this term.

"My situation isn't ideal. If it remains the same then I will probably look to go elsewhere and get some football," Oster added.

"There is a clause in my contract allowing me to leave and the manager (Steve Coppell) is fair.

"I could get back in the team, but all the indications are that I'm not going to play. So we'll see what happens."

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