Tomasz Rzasa was unable to hide his frustration this week when he heard he had been left out of the Polish squad for the Euro 2004 qualifier against San Marino. The Feyenoord leftback, one of only three Poles to have a European club medal to his name, felt he had an agreement with new national boss Zbigniew Boniek to talk about his international future, but the coach remains tight-lipped. ‘I haven’t heard anything from him.’

When Rzasa’s form is taken into account the snub gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’. ‘I’ve experienced a big week with Feyenoord. We played two really difficult games against Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid and in all modesty I think that I stood the test well. The game against Fenerbahçe in particular was extremely important and if you suddenly find yourself in the first team without having had a run in the team you have to see how things go. In retrospect I think that Feyenoord were tremendous in Istanbul and that I did quite well too. I only made one mistake and I was able to put things right with a foul. I glad I was able to show the boss that he can rely on me when the important games come along. Real Madrid was exceptional. They were simply tremendous. But I do think we gave them too much respect in the early stages. If we had approached them from the start like we did in the second half, despite the different class it would have been interesting to see how we did. We all said so after the game. If we could play the game again we definitely wouldn’t allow ourselves to be taken by surprise like that. Anyway, it was a nice game to experience and certainly one of the highlights of my career. I held my own against Luis Figo after all. ‘With those two big games for Feyenoord behind me I was surprised to hear that I wasn’t in the Polish squad for the European Championship qualifier against San Marino. It’s strange because coach Boniek promised to call me after the Poland Belgium game to discuss my future in the Polish team. It’s unfortunate that I haven’t heard anything from him. Boniek told the Polish press that he would be following the games against Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid live on TV. Apparently he didn’t like what he saw. So it’s up to me to convince him that I am the best choice. ‘Finally I’d just like to tell all the supporters who backed me last season and continue to back me this campaign, and who I haven’t yet been able to thank personally or by email, how important their support was and is for me. It gave me confidence when I needed it. Thank you very much for that!’

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