PP Arnold, Keith Hampshire and Rod Stewart were all mean crooners. But they got it wrong.
To be fair they’d been led astray by Cat Stevens’ lyrics. The first cut wasn’t the deepest. It was the ‘final’ dissection that cut to the bone for Kevin Foley who has missed out on Ireland’s Euro 2012 squad.
And the news, when delivered by Giovanni Trapattoni, did not go down well with the 27-year-old.
“I feel betrayed,” Foley said before confirming plans to fly home, even though Trapattoni was hoping he would make himself available in case of an injury emergency.
“Words can’t really describe how I feel. I’m just gutted,” he said on the third anniversary of his debut.
“It was tough, you know. The lads have been great with me, but it’s just happened – what’s happened has happened and there’s nothing I can do about it now.
“Of course I wish the lads well. I hope they go on and do really well in the tournament. I’ll be their number one fan watching from home. Of course I’ll be watching. I’ll try and take a holiday. But it’s hard to take, you know. I sort of feel betrayed.
“I don’t want to go into too much detail . I just feel betrayed, that’s all I want to say. I said that to the manager. I obviously wasn’t happy. It’s just one of those things. I didn’t shed a tear. Listen, I’ve got something to look forward to and that’s to go back and see my family and that’s it.”
Foley played in Tuesday’s warm-up against a Tuscan selection side, ironically wearing the number 13.
He continued: “I wanted to play, I wanted to prove a point: that I was fit to play.
“From what I understood I could have trained last week on Thursday and Friday and been involved in the game (against Bosnia), but he said that there was no rush, that they could wait for me to train in Italy. So I trained in Italy for two days and felt great and then all of a sudden he pulls me in and told me I wasn’t in the squad. That was hard to take.
“I’ve done everything I can. That’s all I can do. I could have trained last week and been involved in the game. If someone had said to me that I had to train Thursday and Friday to prove my fitness or else I wouldn’t be in the squad, then I would have bitten his hand off and started the game.
“I was just under the illusion that I could take my time, train in Italy, prove my fitness and then be in the squad.”
Asked about his future with Ireland, Foley said: “I don’t really want to talk about that now. I just want to go home. It’s a lot take in.”