33 year old West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna has reacted to the decision of coach Roberto Mancini to leave him out Italy squad for Euro 2020.
Ogbonna, who has a Nigerian roots turned down the chance of playing for Nigeria in 2011 when he was approached by the Nigeria Football Federation after an impressive season for Torino.
He later moved to Juventus but didn’t really establish himself before moving to West Ham .
Ogbonna’s frustration over his omission was increased after seeing Chelsea duo Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri added to the Italy squad on Sunday.
“I am very amazed and also bitter, perhaps he did not take into consideration the West Ham championship,” the Hammers centre-half told Corriere della Sera.
“We fought until the end for the Champions League qualification with Jorginho and Palmieri’s Chelsea, who finished higher, but we showed that we can beat any team.
“In sport, meritocracy must prevail, based on the championship in which one plays, on the statistics, on the value of the player.
“And this time, in my opinion, it did not prevail.”
Ogbonna was highly regarded as one of the best players for westham in the just concluded season , the Hammers were the surprise package of the season as they earned a UEFA Europa League place for the first time in their history.
In 2016,Angelo Ogbonna was included in Italy’s 23-man roster for the ongoing European championship and was an unused substitute against Belgium on Monday.