Houllier tells Ireland to work harder

Houllier dropped Ireland for today’s draw with Birmingham and accused him of not working hard enough for the team.

“He played against Chelsea and did well, he played against Sunderland and it was not good enough to me, as simple as that. He needs to work harder. The skill is one thing but you need to compete.

Ireland joined Villa in August in the deal that saw James Milner move to Manchester City.