Gibson out of Ireland squad

Toffees midfielder withdraws from Trapattoni's 23-man party

Darron Gibson: Does not feel ready to return to international action

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Darron Gibson has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad due to face Kazakhstan in their opening contest of 2014 World Cup qualification.

Ireland will set off on the road to Brazil on 7th September, but will do so without Everton midfielder Gibson.

National coach Giovanni Trapattoni has revealed that the 24-year-old does not feel ready to return to the international fold following the disappointment of Euro 2012.

As a result, the Italian tactician has opted to draft Sunderland's David Meyler into his squad as cover.


Trapattoni said: "When Darron informed me of his decision to withdraw, I called him to talk things through.

"As we embark upon a brand new campaign, he is very much in my plans and I consider him to be a key player for Ireland for this campaign.

"However, Darron has said that although he doesn't want to let anyone down, he doesn't feel ready to to return to the squad for this fixture after the disappointment of Euro 2012.

"I hope that Darron will take this time to reflect positively on his international career, and return to us in time for the Germany game in October."