Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero scores their second goal past Stoke City’s Irish goalkeeper Shay Given from the penalty spot. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester City 4 Stoke City 0 Shay Given’s chances of making Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 suffered a setback as he left (...)

Divock Origi scored twice as Liverpool eased past Stoke at Anfield. Photograph: Reuters

For Liverpool, the perfect Sunday stroll before the Europa League showdown with Borussia Dortmund. For Stoke City, a woeful afternoon of dissent and d(...)

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 2 If Slovakia really left thinking that this is typical of what they can expect from England and Wales in June then th(...)

Daniel Sturridge (L) and Danny Welbeck (R) must both prove to England boss Roy Hodgson they have returned to full fitness ahead of Euro 2016. Photograph: Getty

Daniel Sturridge will make his first England appearance for 573 days against Holland at Wembley on Tuesday with Roy Hodgson warning both the Liverpool(...)

Shane Long with the Republic of Ireland squad at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It will not have much to do with any belated attempt to emulate Spain or Barcelona, but the Republic of Ireland may well find themselves playing with(...)

Shay Given is behind Jack Butland in the pecking order at Stoke City. Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill admits that Shay Given’s chances of making it to France this summer may have been boosted by the unfortunat(...)

Germany’s Sami Khedira, Mesut Oezil, Lukas Podolski, Toni Kroos and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer react at the end of the friendly defeat to England at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Photograph: EPA

Sami Khedira lamented Germany’s “unnecessary, stupid defeat” to England, with team-mate Mario Gomez conceding it a was “somewhat inexcusable” result. (...)

England’s Eric Dier rises above the Germany defence to head home England’s winning goal during the friendly international at the   Olympiastadion in Berlin. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Germany 2 England 3 Eric Dier’s dramatic stoppage-time header earned England a stunning 3-2 comeback win over world champions Germany in Berlin. Har(...)

Norwich City’s Robbie Brady celebrates scoring his side’s first goal in the Premier League match against West Brom at The Hawthorns. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

West Brom 0 Norwich 1 Republic of Ireland winger Robbie Brady fired Norwich out of the relegation zone with the winner at West Brom to give the Canar(...)

 Steve Cook of Bournemouth celebrates scoring his team’s third goal against Swansea City at Vitality Stadium. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Bournemouth 3 Swansea 2 Bournemouth took another huge step towards securing their Premier League survival as Steve Cook’s header sealed a 3-2 win o(...)