Scotland and the Republic of Ireland will face each other in a Group D battle between two teams led by former Celtic managers
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Darron Gibson is set to end his self-imposed Republic of Ireland exile following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure.
Asked about the timing of his decision, the Everton midfielder told the Irish Times: "Obviously because Trapattoni is gone."
– Gibson speaking to the Irish Times.
I never really wanted to make a big deal of it to be honest with you. But after what happened at the Euros, I just felt I couldn't play under him anymore.
I was embarrassed when I came back from the Euros [after] not winning a game and not getting on the pitch.
I was playing every week at the time for Everton and we finished in the top six of the Premier League.
Like I said, I didn't want to make a big deal about not playing under him, so I kept myself quiet. But I am available to come back now.
Leeds manager Brian McDermott has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Republic of Ireland manager's job.
McDermott, 52, was a leading contender to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni, who ended his five-year tenure by mutual consent on Wednesday.
– Leeds manager Brian McDermott
My reaction is immense pride more than anything. I was sat with my very good friend last night in my flat and we were looking at the Sky Bet odds - Martin O'Neill was top and I was second.
If you consider I've been a manager now at this level for four years and to get to that, for me, there's nothing but pride.
So I'm probably doing something right, which is good, and everybody knows what I feel about Ireland, my family, my history and how important that is to me.
So those would be the words that I would use - incredible pride.
Mick McCarthy could be invited back for a second spell as Republic of Ireland manager after Giovanni Trapattoni's reign ended with World Cup disappointment.
In a radio interview, chief executive John Delaney pinpointed Ipswich manager McCarthy, former Republic midfielder Roy Keane and Northern Irishman Martin O'Neill as potential candidates, together with Leeds boss Brian McDermott and Norwich manager Chris Hughton.
– Chief executive John Delaney.
"It will be interesting to see who puts their best foot forward. I think names like Mick (McCarthy), Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane all come into the pot, Martin O'Neill of course.
Mick has done a very good job for Ireland and in England as well. We have to look at who can get the best out of the players available to us.
Robbie Keane has called for a united front as the Republic of Ireland attempt to salvage their World Cup dream.
Anything other than victory over Austria at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna on Tuesday night will effectively end Ireland's hopes of rescuing a Group C campaign which was dealt a major blow by Sweden's 2-1 victory in Dublin on Friday.
– Republic of Ireland striker, Robbie Keane
It's for everybody, it's for us as a country to be proud to wear that green jersey.
Whether that's doing for the manager or doing it for the country or doing it for yourselves, it doesn't really matter.
As long as we are all pulling in the same direction, as long as we are going to go out on to that field and give 110 per cent - you always do that for the manager and you always do it for the players around you.
We are all in this together. We started together, so we will certainly finish together.