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Gibson In For Ireland

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Darron Gibson has been selected in the Republic of Ireland squad for next month's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

The Everton midfielder was confirmed in Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man party on Wednesday afternoon, though teammate Seamus Coleman was named only as one of five players on 'stand-by' for the tournament.

Shane Duffy, who received his first senior Ireland call-up for a friendly against Czech Republic in February, will not travel. 

Gibson, who was born in Derry but switched his allegiance to the Republic after initially representing Northern Ireland at Under-16 level, has earned 17 senior caps since making his international debut against Denmark in 2007 and was a regular throughout the qualifying stages for the tournament, which kicks off in 32 days.

The former Manchester United man could face the challenge of keeping club teammate Nikica Jelavic quiet in Ireland's opening game against Croatia in Poznan on June 10 before the squad moves on to Gdansk to face holders and World Champions Spain four days later.

Trapattoni's men then return to Poznan to complete their Group C fixtures with another tricky-looking encounter against 2006 World Champions Italy on June 18.

Should the Republic progress they could face England, who will tackle France, Sweden and Ukraine in Group D, in the quarter-finals.

Gibson has made 14 appearances for the Toffees since switching Old Trafford for Goodison Park in January, scoring one goal - a winner against Manchester City.

The 24-year-old has missed Everton's last two games through injury but is expected to return to full training later this week .

Meanwhile, John Heitinga was named in Holland's preliminary 35-man squad for the tournament. 

Look out on in the coming weeks for news of further Euro 2012 call-ups.

Full Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad:

Given, Westwood, Forde, Dunne, O'Shea, St.Ledger, O'Dea, Ward, Kelly, Foley, Whelan, Gibson, Andrews, Fahey, Duff, McGeady, Hunt, McClean, Keane, Doyle, Cox, Long, Walters. STANDBY: Randolph, McShane, Green, Coleman, Keogh

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