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Gibson Signals Ireland Intention

Gibson available for Ireland again after Trapattoni exit.

Gibson Signals Ireland Intention
Darron Gibson

Darron Gibson has signalled his desire to resume his international career.

The midfielder hasn't featured for the Republic of Ireland since being an unused member of the 2012 European Championships squad.

He admitted that his experiences in that tournament meant he felt he couldn't work under Giovanni Trapattoni.

But the veteran Italian manager is no longer the national team coach, having departed after Ireland's chances of World Cup qualification were extinguished earlier this month.

"I didn't want to make a big deal about not playing under him so I kept myself quiet but I am available to come back now," declared Gibson.

"I went to the Euros not expecting to start, as I thought the lads who went all the way through the qualifiers playing deserved their chance, [Glenn] Whelan and [Keith] Andrews.

"I knew they would start and I was fine with that as they deserved to play, as they had gone the whole way through the qualifiers but I expected to get on the pitch at some stage.

"But if you have a player playing for a Premier League team that finishes in the top six and you have someone – I don't want to show any disrespect to Paul Green, but he had been released from his club – and he got on the pitch and I didn't, there was obviously something wrong.

"I was embarrassed when I came back from the Euros, obviously, not winning a game and not getting on the pitch,"

Gibson explained that new Everton boss Roberto Martinez was keen for him to resume his international commitments before insisting he could deal with any negative reaction from Ireland fans unhappy with his self-imposed exile.

He continued: "Roberto Martinez spoke to me about the Ireland situation. He said to me that I should play international football and I said, as soon as the manager goes, I'll be back.

"Obviously, there were people saying that I didn't deserve to put back on the green jersey and stuff like that, but they don't know what happened, they don't know what happened at the Euros because I've never spoken about it so we'll see what happens.

"If I get booed, I'll have to deal with it. The majority of the fans felt, that I didn't want to play for Ireland which wasn't the case, I did want to play for Ireland but after what happened, I didn't feel like I could play for him (Trap) anyway."

Ciaran FarrellyIs right mo chara good luck go bragh Everton

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