Ireland boss Giovanni Trappattoni has warned Darron Gibson to make up his mind about his international future.
The Everton midfielder has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan, telling manager Giovanni Trapattoni that he is still suffering the disappointment of playing a limited role at the Euro 2012 finals. Gibson, 24, was initially named in the 23-man party which will fly out to the former Soviet republic for the game on Friday night. Trapattoni told BBC Sport:
“As we embark upon a brand new campaign, I consider Darron to be a key player for Ireland, however, he has said that although he doesn’t want to let anyone down, he doesn’t feel ready to 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.”
The Italian has seen the vastly-experienced Shay Given and Damien Duff announce their retirements from international football in recent weeks and although Richard Dunne has confirmed his intention to play on once he has recovered from injury, the manager is having to contemplate significant change. He will hope Gibson does eventually return to the fold with Group C favourites Germany due in Dublin on October 12, four days before his side heads for the Faroe Islands. The 73-year-old Ireland boss continued: “He explained to me that he was disappointed. I understood but I said to him this is a time for a new opportunity.”