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Coleman unsure when Gibson will return

SEAMUS COLEMAN is predicting a big Everton and Ireland future for Darron Gibson but is none the wiser about the Derryman's thoughts on international football.

"EVERYONE knows that Darron pulled himself out of one of the squads but I haven't really spoken to him about it," he said.

"We see each other every day at training but it's his thing and it's not up to me to tell him to come back. It's his own decision."

Coleman's regard for Gibson's talent is strong and he believes he will have a big impact at Goodison over the coming months and years.

"He has been unbelievable since coming to the club.

"Him and (Nikica) Jelavic, the whole form of the team really improved and the sooner we get him back the better," said Coleman.

"He will be a massive player for Ireland. I was in a couple of Ireland squads with him when he was at Man United, but I didn't get to really see how good he is until he came to Everton. His range of passing is superb - ask any Everton fan about him and they will sing his praises."

Coleman is looking forward to more regular outings in a green shirt after making the breakthrough in the opening blows of the Brazil 2014 campaign.

Dwelling

And he is not dwelling on the fact that he didn't make the cut for the Euro 2012 finals last June.

"I'm not bitter about not getting picked for the Euros, absolutely not.

"I was in and out of the team last year, but it's definitely my ambition to get to a major tournament with Ireland," he said.

"I've got my chance now and obviously I would have liked more in the last few years, but there are a lot of good players in my position.

"But I never gave up hope and I got in. It's up to me to try and stay in the team for as long as I can.

"If selected against Greece next week, I need to do well and try and impress the manager and Marco Tardelli."


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