West Ham United have completed the signing of France international playmaker Dimitri Payet from Marseille on a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced. Photograph: Getty Images

West Ham United have signed attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet from Olympique de Marseille on a five-year deal for at least £10 million, the club said(...)

John O’Shea has said the only redress the players would have been interested in after Ireland’s controversial elimination by France in Paris six years ago would have been another game, not any share of €5 million secured by the FAI from Fifa during the weeks that followed. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO.

John O’Shea has said the only redress the players would have been interested in after Ireland’s controversial World Cup play-off elimination by France(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to his players during squad training at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Sunday’s game against England will, everyone hopes, add to the sense of how much things have changed over the past 20 years but perhaps this afternoon(...)

Petr Cech could leave Chelsea in search of regular football, with Arsenal potential suitors. Photograph: Reuters

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Alex Pearce and Stephen Quinn during Ireland’s training session in Malahide. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 4:49

Amid all the talk of distractions, tonight’s game against the USA somehow seems like one itself. It will doubtless be a welcome one, though, to Martin(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan grimaces in pain after fracturing a leg in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will give midfielder Glenn Whelan every chance to make his final squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against (...)

Martin O’Neill: “I am looking forward to meeting up with the squad in two weeks-time and preparing for two very important matches.”

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named a 37-man provisional squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualification matches against Gibraltar (...)

 Shay Given has been recalled to the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of the games against Oman and Georgia. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

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David Forde at Republic of Ireland squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide this week. “I’d have no problem moving.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

David Forde will be mulling over a possible move to Germany as he heads back to his adopted home of London tomorrow with the Republic of Ireland squad(...)

 Stephen Ireland after he scored the only goal against Wales   at Croke Park in March 2007.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The prospect of Stephen Ireland ever returning to the Ireland squad looks more remote than ever after the Stoke City midfielder had his agent ring the(...)