Reading’s Liam Kelly explains why he turned down Ireland call-up

Midfielder says ‘personal reasons’ were behind his decision not to join squad in Turkey

Reading midfielder Liam Kelly has said "personal reasons" were behind his decision to turned down an Ireland call-up from Martin O'Neill.

22-year-old Kelly declined the opportunity to join up with Ireland for last month’s friendly with Turkey in Antalya.

O’Neill said Kelly - who represented Ireland at underage level - informed him of his decision via text message.

However, Kelly has since explained why he turned down the advances of the senior side. Speaking to the Reading Chronicle, he said: "It was a personal reason, it was nothing against the Republic of Ireland.


“It had nothing to do with feeling English or Irish, it was a personal thing between me and my family which we thought was best. There are no ifs and buts about it, it was just how I was feeling at the time.”

Kelly also refused to rule out representing Ireland in the future: “We’ll see how it goes.”