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Sharp backing Gibson

FORMER Everton star Graeme Sharp believes that Toffees midfielder Darron Gibson can play a big role at Euro 2012 for Ireland.

Gibson came off the bench to win his 19th cap in Monday's 0-0 draw with Hungary in Budapest and while he's almost certain to start Sunday's Group C opener with Croatia on the bench, regular Everton watcher Sharp thinks that the Derryman should get a run.

"I do see him as a starter. His form has been good for Everton," says former Toffees striker Sharp. "Darron will be asked to do a job as a holding midfield player and that is something he can do easily."