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The Fulham defender says that Darron Gibson would be welcomed back into the squad, but stresses the belief that withdrawing from the squad was the wrong thing to do

Fulham defender Stephen Kelly has revealed that the Ireland squad would have no issues with Darron Gibson making a return to international football.

Everton midfielder Gibson withdrew from the Ireland squad to play Kazakhstan and Oman last week citing a disappointment with the Euro 2012 experience, a move with provoked commentary among fans and players alike. However, Kelly believes that Gibson wouldn't be treated any differently.

"I don't think people would be annoyed by it, I don't think people would come out and say it," Kelly told the Irish Independent.

"I don't know how people feel inside or what they're thinking about it but if the manager wants to bring him back in, he'll bring him back in.

He continued: "We know what he can add to the team. You're not going to turn people away from the team for the sake of it. It's different circumstances what's happened. But if he wants to come back in and the manager picks him he won't be treated any differently than he normally is."

The Fulham defender, who has represented his country over thirty times, captaining the team in a friendly against Uruguay in 2011, said that he would not have withdrawn from the squad.

"As much as it was disappointing not to play I'm not going to have the opportunity to play if I'm sitting at home on the couch watching the game, am I?" said the 29-year-old.

"While I'm here, even if the manager doesn't pick me, I'll have some opportunity to play. I want to play for Ireland; it's one of the highlights of my career to play for my country.

"You either want to represent your country or you don't. You can't represent your country if you're not here and that's the way I see it," he added.

Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland take on Oman in a friendly at Craven Cottage on  Tuesday September 11.

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