Portugal’s Joao Moutinho (left)  after he colliding with Ireland’s Kevin Doyle  in the second half of their international friendly  ahead of the 2014 World Cup in East Rutherford, New Jersey, last night. Photogrraph: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

Portugal 5 - Republic of Ireland 1: No reprise of the mid-summer glories of 20 years ago as Ireland revisited a favourite old football haunt out in(...)

James McClean of the Republic of Ireland challenges Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during the friendly international at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Portugal 5 Republic of Ireland 1: Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his return to fitness as Portugal completed their World Cup preparations with a comforta(...)

Martin O’Neill (right) and Roy Keane at the end of the game against Italy at Craven Cottage.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Martin O’Neill was delighted with his side’s performance against Italy at Craven Cottage, despite another frustrating night in front of goal. The Ire(...)

Ireland’s Anthony Pilkington (13) takes a free kick against  Italy at Craven Cottage. Photograph: Toby Melville / Reuters

Rep of Ireland 0 Italy 0The Republic of Ireland got a well earned draw against Italy in Craven Cottage where a really good game, played in front of a (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named John O’Shea captain for the friendly against Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s 2-0 victory over Italy in Liege three years ago is a reminder of how unpredictable these end of season affairs can be. But a bit like the gu(...)

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(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long reacts to another missed chance in Wednesday’s game against Serbia.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill insists that no final decision has been made on his side’s end-of-season friendlies in the United St(...)

Shay Given in action for Middlesbrough last weekend. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Newcastle United’s Rob Elliot is the only uncapped player included in Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for next month’s friendly with(...)

Shay Given could be set to make an international return at the age of 37. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane will be at Middlesbrough’s home game against Charlton Athletic on Saturday to run the rule over vetera(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill would welcome goalkeeper Shay Given back into the international fold with open arms, though he admits he ha(...)