Trapattoni had a problem with me, says Darron Gibson

The Everton midfielder has revealed that he is willing to end his term in exile from international football following the departure of Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland boss
Darron Gibson believes that Giovanni Trapattoni "had some sort of problem with [him]" during the Italian's tenure as Republic of Ireland boss.

When Gibson failed to play a single minute at Euro 2012, he subsequently refused to play for his country while Trapattoni was in charge, revealing that he felt "embarrassed" and "angry" at the situation.

However, with the former Italy and Juvents boss' departure from the FAI, the Everton midfielder has explained what led to his self-imposed exile and says that he is hoping to be called up for Ireland's next two games against Germany and Kazakhstan.

"I am [hoping to return] yeah. Obviously, because Trapattoni is gone," Gibson told the media. "I never really wanted to make a big deal of it but after what happened at the Euros, I felt I couldn't play under him any more."

He continued: "I was embarrassed when I came back from the Euros, obviously 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 and I didn't get on.

"I felt like 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." 

The 25-year-old, who has picked up 19 caps for Ireland, admitted that he regretted imposing exile on himself, but stressed how strongly he felt that he could not work with Trapattoni, noting his annoyance at seeing Paul Green, a player who was without a club at the time, taking to the field in the 4-0 defeat against Spain in Gdansk.

"I do regret not playing but, like I said, I was embarrassed and I was so angry that I didn't actually get on the pitch for even a second at the Euros, I just felt I couldn't come back and play for him again." 

He added: "If you've got a player playing for a Premier League team that finishes in the top six and you have someone, I don't want to show any disrespect to Paul Green but he had been released from his club, and he got on the pitch and I didn't so there was obviously something wrong. 

"After the Spain game, I pulled him aside and I said, 'Listen, is there a problem? Is there a reason I'm not playing?' And the exact words he said to me were: 'You're young.' And that was it. He walked off and didn't give me any other reason." 

Looking to the future, Gibson thinks Ireland will "be all right" during the post-Trapattoni era stating that the 74-year-old's tactical approach as manager of the Boys in Green did not demonstrate the ability of the players in the squad.

"We've got some good footballers. The way we played under Trapattoni didn't really show that," he said.

"The likes of James [McCarthy], Seamus Coleman coming in is a good footballer, Glenn Whelan is a good footballer, Shane Long.

"I think we've got a good group of youngish players coming through. I think we should be alright."