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Darron Gibson withdraws from Ireland squad to face Kazakhstan

The Everton midfielder ‘doesn’t feel ready’ to return to the Ireland squad after the disappointment of Euro 2012.

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DARRON GIBSON HAS withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan, with manager Giovanni Trapattoni revealing that the midfielder doesn’t feel ready to play after the disappointment of Euro 2012.

The FAI confirmed the news on Saturday afternoon, with David Meyler of Sunderland called up in the Everton midfielder’s place.

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

“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 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.”

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