Wes Hoolahan:  could be the ideal link man in the modern number 10 role, between the midfield four and lone striker, for the really competitive internationals. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tomorrow’s friendly with Georgia brings to mind my first competitive game as senior manager, against the same opposition in Tblisi 10 years ago. The a(...)

 Anthony Pilkington is one of 28 players  named by Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni for the end of season fixtures. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

Robbie Keane will be fit to lead the Republic of Ireland in their busy end of season campaign after being named in a provisional 28-man squad(...)