The Republic of Ireland’s   David Meyler hold off Ali Al-Busaidi of Oman during the friendly international played at the the Aviva Satdium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 2:56

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Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle heads home a goal during the friendly international against Oman at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 2:56

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Wigan Athletic’s Chris McCann celebrates his goal during the  match at the Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: PA Wire.

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Wigan Athletic’s Ben Watson  heads the ball past Joe Hart of Manchester City to score the winning goal  during the FA Cup Final  at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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