Republic of Ireland  assistant manager Roy Keane says the team need to make the Aviva a fortress. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

James McClean says he is “100 per cent” sure he will be available for Sunday’s game against Poland despite an ankle problem that required the Wigan wi(...)

Robbie Brady training with the Republic of Ireland squad at  Gannon Park in  Malahide. He could be in line for a starting place against Poland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There are times when Martin O’Neill’s reluctance to settle on squads of 23 players seems like indecision and others when it might well be taken for in(...)

Martin O’Neill at Gannon Park: “Stephen has got a bit of a problem with his ankle. We think we’re getting to the bottom of it now with a couple of scans.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

While his Polish counterpart faced a stormy fallout from Jakub Blaszczykowski’s strongest showing yet this season for Borussia Dortmund, Martin O’Neil(...)

Aaron Lennon score Everton’s second in their 2-1 win over QPR at Loftus Road. Photograph: PA

Queens Park Rangers 1 Everton 2The chances of Everton being dragged into the relegation mire receded this afternoon thanks to a second-half winning go(...)

Lukasz Teodorczyk (right) celebrates scoring for Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League second-leg match against Everton at the NSC Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters

Dynamo Kiev 5 Everton 2 (Kiev win 6-4 on agg)And then there were none. The light went out on English football’s involvement in Europe in emphatic and (...)

James McCarthy scores Everton’s opening goal in the Premier League clash against Newcastle at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Andrew Yates/Reuters/Livepic

Everton 3 Newcastle United 0The pressure may have been on but no evidence was found on Everton. Roberto Martínez’s side produced a composed, controlle(...)

 Martin O’Neill will name his squad for the European qualifier with Poland on Thursday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Aiden McGeady’s heroics in Tbilisi and John O’Shea’s in Gelsenkirchen have helped the pair on to the shortlist for this year’s 3-sponsored FAI Senior(...)

Bradford City’s Billy Clarke: “On paper, it’s not as hard as the last round,” says Clarke of the FA Cup tie against Sunderland after his side’s stunning 4-2 win over Chelsea in the fourth round. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty

Billy Clarke sounds settled, and that is not a glib assessment with which to begin. When Clarke’s career is reviewed, what stands out is the movement,(...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)