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Versatile Gibbs just happy to play
Published : 16 Nov 2009 06:47:47
England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce deployed Gibbs on the left side of midfield for the 1-0 win over Portugal at Wembley on Saturday, which kept England on course to qualify for the 2011 European Championships. Gibbs is used at left-back by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and is set for another extended run in the first team following an injury to Gael Clichy. England manager Fabio Capello indicated the 20-year-old is one player he intends to keep a close eye on as he finalises his squad for the World Cup next summer. And Gibbs is just content to continue his education, however the different coaches decide is best. "The gaffer [Pearce] told me he was going to change me around a bit and use my energy to try and stop them from playing really, so I was happy to get involved," said Gibbs. "Just get me on the football pitch and I will be happy, so it does not matter where." This could well be a breakthrough campaign for Gibbs, with the Gunners currently second in the Premier League and looking strong in Europe. But Gibbs is determined to keep things in perspective and build on his experiences of last season, where he was involved in both an FA Cup and Champions League semi-final. "I do look forward to taking my chances but you also have to enjoy it because you do not get opportunities like this all the time," said Gibbs, who had a three-month loan spell with Norwich at the start of 2008. "I had a little chance last season and now I am looking to do the same again. "I played in some big games and is all good experience to help make me stronger to come back now this season and for the rest of my career. "I am not thinking too much about the World Cup because there is still a long season to go."