Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Darron Gibson "It's great to be back"

Darron Gibson is relishing his return to the Ireland set-up & is ready to prove himself to the fans.

“It’s great to be back and I’m enjoying the week, but it feels like I’m starting all over again and I have to prove myself once more to the fans," explained Gibson to reporters at the Irish training camp in Malahide.

The Derry born player admitted it was tough watching from afar the previous games in this qualifying campaign.

"It was tough to stay away, but it was my decision and I stuck to it.

"I felt I should have got the opportunity to play in the Euros, but I am delighted to be back in. Hopefully I’ll get my chance on Friday to show what I can do."

Noel King has stepped into the breach as Ireland manager and Gibson has spoken positively about the Dubliner’s contribution so far.

“Noel knows his stuff. He has worked a lot on tactics and is trying out different formations. The training sessions are brilliant and there is a confident mood in the squad.

"Playing against the Germans is a big test. They will have a lot of the ball and I think we will need to pack the midfield and close the space down. Noel has plans in place."

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Noel King announces final 23 man Ireland squad

Noel King today announced his final 23 man Ireland squad to face Germany and Kazakhstan.

Newcastle’s Rob Elliot receives his first senior call up & Paul Mc Shane, Stephen Quinn and Paul Green are on standby.

David Forde

Millwall FC

Keiren Westwood

Sunderland AFC

Rob Elliot

Newcastle FC

Damien Delaney

Crystal Palace FC

Joey O’Brien

West Ham FC

Sean St Ledger

Leicester City FC

Marc Wilson

Stoke City FC

Seamus Coleman

Everton FC

Stephen Kelly

Reading FC

Ciaran Clark

Aston Villa FC

Darron Gibson

Everton FC

Glenn Whelan

Stoke City FC

James McCarthy

Everton FC

Andy Reid

Nottingham Forest FC

Aiden McGeady

Spartak Moscow FC

Anthony Pilkington

Norwich City FC

James McClean

Wigan Athletic FC

Wes Hoolahan

Norwich City FC

Shane Long

West Bromwich Albion FC

Robbie Keane

LA Galaxy

Jon Walters

Stoke City FC

Kevin Doyle

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Anthony Stokes

Celtic FC