The FAI has confirmed that Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has decided to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad to face Kazakhstan on 7 September.

Speaking today, Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni 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.”

Sunderland midfielder David Meyler has been called up to the squad and will join his team-mates in Dublin on Sunday afternoon.