Romelu Lukaku celebrates Everton’s fifth goal during their English League Cup tie against Barnsley at the Oakwell Stadium. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AP

Barnsley 3 Everton 5 (after extra-time) John Stones started for Everton the day after submitting a transfer request but was part of a side whic(...)

Martin O’Neill seemed exasperated over the fitness of Everton’s Aiden McGeady. Photograph: Inpho

While the Jack Grealish saga rumbles on, the fitness of Martin O’Neill favourite Aiden McGeady is probably at least as pressing a concern for the man(...)

Bournemouth’s Eunan O’Kane has been named in martin O’Neill’s provisional 37-man squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Photograph: PA

As he named a hugely extended squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia, Republic of Ireland manager Marti(...)

Roberto Martinez has accused John Terry of joining a campaign to lure John Stones to Chelsea. Photograph: PA

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has accused John Terry of being part of a Chelsea campaign to lure John Stones. There has been talk of the Barclays Pre(...)

Austria’s David Alaba caused the Republic of Ireland all sorts of problems during the the World Cup 2014 qualification match at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Photograph: Christian Hofer/Getty Images.

WALES World Ranking: 10. Ireland’s record against them: P13 W5 D3 L5 F16 A13 The Welsh certainly lack the pedigree of most other top seeds with just o(...)

Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill will be allowed to leave for Leicester City. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The FAI insists that they have received no approach from Leicester City regarding Martin O’Neill and maintain that a suggestion made in the British me(...)

 Ireland’s football team:  continues to dole out nothing but heartbreak. Photograph: Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic

The Ireland football team continues to dole out nothing but heartbreak and misery for supporters but at least we still have our accountants to keep th(...)

Unfortunately for Martin O’Neill his selections and plans have scarcely worked apart from periods against weak Georgia and awful Gibraltar.

A chance for redemption then. After our defeat at Celtic Park back in November, I questioned whether our midfielder players – Jeff Hendrick and Darron(...)

Martin O’Neill says Robbie Keane will decide on his involvement ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Martin O’Neill says that he will allow Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady to decide whether they are involved in the European Championship qualifier again(...)

 Aiden McGeady is 29 but many still hope he will start to thrill on a regular basis. Photograph: Inpho

If you wanted to get scientific about it, you could hook yourself up to a machine that records your rate of swearing in matches and check which player(...)