Gibson to end Republic of Ireland exile

Friendly International 2/3/2010'Republic of Ireland 'Darron Gibson'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***
Friendly International 2/3/2010'Republic of Ireland 'Darron Gibson'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Donall Farmer *** Local Caption ***

Darron Gibson insists he is ready to end his self-imposed international exile following the departure of former Republic of Ireland boss, Giovanni Trapattoni.

The Everton midfielder has claimed his year-long exile was solely down to his ongoing problems with the Italian who refused to play him during the Republic’s Euro 2012 campaign in Poland.

Gibson was an unused substitute for Ireland’s three group games but the Hazelbank native claims that Trapattoni had an issue with him long before the European campaign got underway.

“I do regret not playing but I was so angry that I didn’t get on the pitch for even a second at the Euros,” said Gibson,

Trapattoni claimed earlier this year that Gibson had refused to respond to his text messages and was still hopeful that the Derry man would return to the fold for the World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, during a lengthy interview in Manchester yesterday, Gibson was keen to explain to Ireland fans why he refused to play under Trapattoni.

“There were people saying that I didn’t deserve to put the green jersey back on, but they don’t know what happened and don’t know how I felt because I’ve never spoken about it,” added the 25 year-old.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, but I did not want to disrespect the manager and say anything bad about him. I am ready (to come back) because Trapattoni is gone. If I’m called up, I’ll come straight back in.”

The FAI have yet to appoint a successor to Trapattoni, however, Gibson believes that two of the front-runners for the job, Roy Keane and Co. Derry man, Martin O’Neill would prove successful.

“I think he (O’Neill) would be quite good, he’s experienced and I think he’d get on quite well with all of the lads, he’s supposed to be really good one-on-one with players,” added Gibson.

“Roy would be quite good, I’m not sure how some of the fans would react. He’d be good, but I am sure the FAI will pick the right manager.”