Republic of Ireland’s Darren O’Dea critical of Everton’s Darron Gibson

Darren O’Dea hits out at Everton's Darron Gibson after he turned down a Republic of Ireland call-up for qualifier

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Giovanni Trapattoni has led Ireland into their first tournament in a decade Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

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Darren O’Dea has criticised Darron Gibson after the Everton midfielder made himself unavailable for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup 2014 qualifier against Kazakhstan on Friday.

Gibson, who did not start any games at Euro 2012, looked set to feature in Astana in the absence of injured duo Keith Andrews and Paul Green for the opening qualifying game, but the former Manchester United star turned down a call-up.

O’Dea, who currently plays for Toronto, was an unused member of Giovanni Trapattoni’s 23-man squad at the European championship, but the centre-half insisted he would never turn down a chance to represent Ireland.

“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,” O’Dea said.

“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.”

However, O’Dea did admit he could understand Gibson may have felt the need for a break from international football after a demanding summer.

“After the Euros I felt drained. I needed a break mentally and maybe Darron feels the same way,” O’Dea added.

“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.”

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