The FA Cup semi final win against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium was a breakthrough moment for Given  and Villa. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

(...) referred to England’s “bigger pool” when discussing Grealish, and to how the flow of Irish boys to English(...)

Arsenal’s  Hector Bellerin: “If I wanted to be at Barcelona I would have stayed there,” he says. “My challenge was to come to England and I came here with everything.” Photograph: Getty Images

As Hector Bellerin boards the bus bound for Wembley today, it will be impossible for him not to reflect on the journey he made a year before. When Ars(...)

 Richie Towell scores Dundalk’s  fourth goal from the  penalty spot during the FAI Cup game against Shelbourne at Oriel Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

(...), Peter Higgins, Andy Mulligan, Craig Wall, Conor English, Eric Molloy, Aiden Keenan (Philip Drohan 84(...)

Sepp Blatter: elected for the fifth time as president of Fifa despite the ongoing corruption scandal. Photo: Walter Bieri/EPA

(...) around it: who knew that the FBI had even heard of soccer? But it was clear from watching US attorney(...)

Tim Sherwood says Christian Benteke should aim higher than Liverpool if he is to leave Aston Villa. Photograph: PA

Christian Benteke goes into the FA Cup final on Saturday with Aston Villa’s manager, Tim Sherwood, telling him he should set his sights higher than Li(...)

Given that Stephanie Roche has time on her hands, we decided to give her the notional job of managing our fantasy football team.

It’s the FA Cup final this weekend. The English Premiership season has ended. The mess at Fifa(...)

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given celebrates the FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool. The Republic of Ireland international in winning his fitness battle to play in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is winning his fitness fight to be ready for the FA Cup final. The Donegal man missed Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley(...)

LONDON, ENGLA Paul McShane has been released by Hull City. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Hull City have released six players following their relegation from the Premiership, and among them is Irish defender Paul McShane. Manager Steve Bruc(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his girlfriend Linda Gabrielian (left) arrive for the opening ceremony of the Fifa Congress in Zurich on Thursday. Photo: Walter Bieri/EPA 1:37

Blatter wins Friday’s election. Gill, a board member of Uefa and and the English Football Association, was(...)

Arsenal’s  Danny Welbeck of Arsenal is challenged by Jordan Obita of Reading during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

and Arsene Wenger has confirmed Danny Welbeck will miss the FA Cup final and England’s forthcoming matches against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. (...)