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Everton midfielder keen to return to Republic setup

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Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has expressed his desire to return to the Republic of Ireland squad now that former coach Giovanni Trapattoni is no longer in charge. 

Gibson has not played for his national side since he made himself unavailable for selection after Euro 2012.

The 25-year-old withdrew from the Republic squad for a World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in September of last year and has not played for them since.

However, he has now expressed an interest in returning to the international fold, citing the recent departure of Trapattoni as the reason for his change of heart. 

"I'm ready (to come back) because Trapattoni is gone," Derry-born Gibson told the Irish Independent

"If I'm called up, I'll come straight back in.

"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.

"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."

Gibson's relationship with the Italian collapsed after he played only a very minor role in the Republic's underwhelming Euro campaign in Poland and Ukraine.

Commenting on the potential candidates to take over from Trapattoni, Gibson picked out Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane as his preferred choices.

"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," said the former Manchester United player.

"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."

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