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Gibson to end his Irish exile

Darron Gibson is prepared to end his self-imposed Republic of Ireland exile following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure.

Last Updated: 19/09/13 at 12:29 Post Comment

Darren Gibson: Ready to come back into Irish fold

Darren Gibson: Ready to come back into Irish fold

The 25-year-old Everton midfielder has made himself unavailable for his country since returning from the Euro 2012 finals, where he was not called upon once during Ireland's three games - all of which ended in defeat.

Asked about the timing of his decision, he told the Irish Times: "Obviously because Trapattoni is gone.

"I never really wanted to make a big deal of it to be honest with you. But after what happened at the Euros, I just felt I couldn't play under him anymore.

"I was embarrassed when I came back from the Euros [after] not winning a game and not getting on the pitch.

"I was playing every week at the time for Everton and we finished in the top six of the Premier League.

"Obviously I didn't get on and I just felt he had some sort of problem with me - but I felt he had a problem with me before the Euros as well as I never played.

"Like I said, 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."

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