Republic of Ireland defender Darren O'Dea insists has had a dig at Darron Gibson following his withdrawal from the Irish squaaad.
Gibbo stood a good chance of starting the Republic's World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan tomorrow due to an injury to Paul Green and the suspension of Keith Andrews, but turned down the chance to join up with Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad.
Supposedly, the reason Gibbo snubbed the opportunity to play was because he was still smarting from Trapattoni's decision to leave him on the bench for the whole of Euro 2012 despite the fact that he went into the tournament in the best form of his career.
O'Dea is all too familiar with not playing for Trapattoni, he also did not make it off the bench in Poland but the former Celtic man understands he must be patient like other players have had to be before him.
O'Dea said: "Would I do what Darron has done? No. I'd show up every time. I will never, ever say no, and I can guarantee that."
"Everyone pays their dues. Richard Dunne did not play at the World Cup in 2002 and now it's his turn in the team because he worked for it. I hope if I keep going the way I am going that one day I will have my turn and it will be someone else who doesn't kick a ball."
"After the Euros I felt drained. I needed a break mentally and maybe Darron feels the same way. Maybe he hasn't got over it but hopefully for the team's sake and for everyone else's sake he does because he is a good player and all the lads get on well with him. "
"No-one one knows his circumstances. He will have his own reasons."
"He certainly loves to play for Ireland so he won't have taken this decision lightly."
For fuck's sake O'Dea! Gibbo is injured, possibly out for a month!!
Should be interesting the next time Gibbo meets up with O'Dea.
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