England squad has top, top banter, insists Gibbs

Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs says the England squad is full of top, top banter.

Gibbs, 25, denied that there is a divide in the England changing rooms ahead of the game with Estonia.

And the Lambeth born defender has revealed it’s team mate Danny Welbeck who is usually the target.

He said: “Danny’s made the switch from the northern table to the southern table at dinners and stuff.

“He’s getting a bit of stick from the northern boys but he’s been ­properly welcomed to the south.

“Everyone knows each other quite well. There aren’t too many new faces. Spirit is good.

“It’s very relaxed and there’s a feel-good factor in the dressing room. It’s fun.”

On the pitch the defender has revealed how much of a relief it has been to return from injury.

Especially when you are given the chance to compete again on the international scene.

He added: “It’s massive for me to be given that privilege. It’s a great honour to be involved.

“I’ve been frustrated in the past with injuries and stuff but now I’m feeling good and strong so I’m happy.

“You have to be on top of your game all the time to be in with a shout of the national team. That’s what I have to do for the rest of the season.

“Having an injury-free run will help. I can only expect to be involved in the national team if I can do that.

“There was no one person who helped me when I was out injured. There were many friends and team-mates.

“It’s always difficult when it’s not them who is injured but we all understand what the other is going through. Aaron Ramsey is struggling now.

“But you’ve got to be positive, get your chances and take them when you’re fit.”