Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni insists his players must be happy whether they are playing or not.
The Italian has sparked a national debate over his decision not to field Sunderland midfielder Andy Reid at all during his reign to date, while Bolton's Joey O'Brien has admitted he could follow Stephen Ireland in declaring himself unavailable for his country after being similarly under-employed.
But Trapattoni said: "When players like Ireland say 'I don't want to come back', it's okay. Life goes on. That's life. The Ireland players when they come here are happy because they are international players."
He added: "I was happy when I was with the Italian national team. They must be happy whether they stay on the bench or play or not. It's important.
"That's my philosophy. We have to have that mentality.
"I don't talk badly about my players with the papers. If I treat the players badly, they have the right to say bad things about me, but I don't treat them badly.
"They are professionals. I have met thousands of players from every country, and I have always had a good professional relationship with players.
"I have always said, I don't have the power to decide, but rather the responsibility to decide. That's how I work.
"The result, that is my interest. I don't judge people personally, it's nothing personal."
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