England’s Jordan Henderson battles for the ball with the Republic of Ireland’s Aiden McGeady during the international friendly at The Aviva Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Decisions, decisions. A damp squib is better than the fire and brimstone of 1995 but this scoreless draw with England proves the overall plan and shap(...)

Managers always find it frustrating trying to get players enthusiastic for summer games and I remember Roy Keane missing some games for me in 2004 when he had booked holidays. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

When I was manager of the Republic of Ireland from 2003 to 2005 (that 10-year anniversary passed without much fanfare) something that really bugged me(...)

Martin O’Neill had a feel for the occasion by fielding an attacking line-up, just like Ireland always should do at home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The resilience shown by the Republic of Ireland players is important.Shane Long’s goal keeps this tough qualification campaign on track but victory ag(...)

James McCarthy: his return after three matches is vital to the Republic of Ireland’s cause. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Since Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane took the reins with a 3-0 win over Latvia in November 2013 we’ve not seen any dramatic changes in personnel or the (...)

The  Republic of Ireland’s James McClean scores  his side’s third goal against the USA at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo:   Brian Lawless/PA

A comprehensive victory that should alleviate some of the pain from last Friday’s defeat in Glasgow.We need to start with Robbie Brady’s excellent dis(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: still looking to impose a discernible  system on the side. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tonight’s game is overshadowed by the lingering disappointment of Friday’s loss in Scotland. Poland’s very comfortable win in Georgia, which put them (...)

Shane Long reacts to a missed chance at Celtic Park last night. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

No excuses. Scotland were the better team, creating more chances, while Ireland lacked the intent to leave Glasgow with what would have been a valuabl(...)

In Brian Kerr’s midfield: Darron Gibson. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Like so many others, I’ve been waiting with warm anticipation of tonight’s game in Glasgow, the occasion brings back nice memories of two previous vi(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea celebrates scoring the dramatic equaliser against Germany  in injury time. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

John O’Shea, the centurion, the captain, the hero. About time he gets his dues.Over the years there has been a certain negativity directed at John bec(...)

Bastian Schweinsteiger is sorely missed from the German engine room while Jonathan Walters could have a key role to play for Ireland tonight. Photograph:  Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images.

Ah, Poland. Nobody could begrudge them Saturday’s victory in Warsaw – you owed them, we understand – but it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the(...)