Darron Gibson returns to Republic of Ireland squad

The Everton midfielder has been named in Noel King's first squad as Ireland manager, while Andy Reid and Anthony Stokes have also been included
Noel King has named Darron Gibson, Andy Reid, and Anthony Stokes in his preliminary squad for the Republic of Ireland's upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Germany and Kazakhstan.

Gibson had not played for Ireland since falling out with previous manager Giovanni Trapattoni after not featuring at Euro 2012 but has been handed a recall under new the new coach's regime.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Reid and Celtic striker Stokes were also exiled by the Italian, who was let go by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Darren O'Dea, Conor Sammon, and Simon Cox are all noticeable absentees after being regular squad members under Giovanni Trapattoni. However, Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Kevin Doyle has been included.

King will have to plan without defensive pairing Richard Dunne and John O'Shea for the trip to Cologne, as both players are suspended after picking up bookings in September's 1-0 defeat to Austria, but they are set to join up with the squad for the home tie with Kazakhstan four days later.

Name Club
David Forde Millwall
Darren Randolph Birmingham City
Keiren Westwood Sunderland
Ciaran Clark Aston Villa
Seamus Coleman Everton
Richard Dunne QPR
Stephen Kelly Reading
Paul McShane Hull City
Joey O'Brien West Ham
John O'Shea Sunderland
Sean St Ledger Leicester City
Marc Wilson Stoke City
Robbie Brady Hull City
Darron Gibson Everton
Paul Green Leeds United
Wes Hoolahan Norwich City
James McCarthy Everton
James McClean Wigan Athletic
Anthony Pilkington Norwich City
Andy Reid Nottingham Forest
Glenn Whelan Stoke City
Shane Long West Brom
Robbie Keane LA Galaxy
Jonathan Walters Stoke City
Kevin Doyle Wolves
Anthony Stokes Celtic