Date:Friday October 11 2013
Everton's Darron Gibson is set to re-launch his international career this evening for the Republic Of Ireland.
Gibson is expected to start for Ireland in this evenings World Cup qualifier away to Germany, his first international appearance for over a year.
"I have got something to prove, I thought I should have played back then and hopefully I will get my chance on Friday night to show what I can do." Gibson told The Echo.
The 25-year-old Everton midfielder has been in international exile after a falling out with the Eire's former Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
He refused to take part in the World Cup qualifying campaign, a decision that he has later admitted that he regrets.
But he stuck to his principles, (misguided or otherwise) and stated that he wouldn't play again under Trapattoni.
Former Everton manager David Moyes urged Gibson to reconsider, but eventually backed his players decision and later new boss Roberto Martinez also spoke to Gibson about his decision.
But following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure from the Republic Of Ireland set-up, Darron Gibson announced he wanted return to international duty with his country and Trapattoni`s interim replacement, Noel King immediately gave him the recall.
Gibson continued: "It was tough to stay away, but it was my decision and I stuck to it. But I am delighted to be back in."
"Germany are a great team and if you make mistakes you`re going to get punished by them. We`re going with a game plan and hopefully it works. We`ve got to get our tactics right and hopefully our tactics work for us and we get the right result. We`re up against some of the best in the world so if we can go there and show there and get a result, it shows what a good squad we have.
"It`s good to play against the best players in the world to see what you`re up against. I`m looking forward to it."
Evertonians will have a lot of interest in the game with Gibson set to line-up alongside Everton team-mates Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy.
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