Boxing news: Roy Keane and Jason McAteer were team-mates for the Republic of Ireland
"The tipping point was the 2002 World Cup. I showed my frustration, but that doesn’t mean to say I wouldn’t turn up and do the business in a game. People missed the point with me leaving the World Cup.
"There’s always been question marks about my commitment to playing for Ireland from the media – I missed one game.
"The manager felt he wanted to bring that game up in front of a group of players."
He added: "Mick McCarthy was very much in bed with the Irish media – which is another story.
"Mick also questioned me then – I’d been asked by a reporter if I respected Mick, and I said no, I didn’t."