Robbie Keane being put through his paces ahead of the Poland game. LA-based striker should be more involved than last outing in Glasgow. Photograph: Donnall Farmer/Inpho 2:59

A detailed history of Ireland’s many encounters with Poland would run to several volumes and contain its share of comedy and calamity but it is the(...)

Republic of Ireland internationals   Stephen Quinn and Kevin Doyle during  training  at Gannon Park in  Malahide. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Stephen Quinn has warned the Republic of Ireland not to be fooled into believing they only have to shackle lethal striker Robert Lewandowski to get th(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish: was named under-21 player of the year at the 3-sponsored FAI International awards. Photograph: Reuters

Jack Grealish has signalled his intention to make himself available for the Republic of Ireland at the start of next season. Asked about his positi(...)

Harry Arter of Bournemouth has been included in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named uncapped Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter in his squad for the visit of Poland in the upcoming European Cha(...)

 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(...)

Neither Sunderland’s  Wes Brown or John O’Shea  will miss the club’s next match as Brown’s suspension has been overturned. He was mistaken for O’Shea during the match with Manchester United and wrongly sent off. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP

Sunderland have succeeded in overturning the red card shown to defender Wes Brown against Manchester United on Saturday.Brown was dismissed by referee(...)

Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao is challenged by Sunderland’s John O’Shea and Wes Brown during the  Premier League match at Old Trafford. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Referee Roger East has told the body responsible for officiating standards in English football it was not a case of mistaken identity when he sent off(...)

Wayne Rooney scored form the spot as Manchester United beat Sunderland 2-0 at Old Trafford. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0Wayne Rooney scored his first league goals in over two months to give Manchester United a 2-0 victory over 10-man Sund(...)

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet issues instructions to his players during his side’s defeat to Bradford City in the FA Cup Fifth round match at Coral Windows Stadium, Valley Parade. Photograph: Getty Images

Gus Poyet’s position at Sunderland is under no immediate threat with the board confident the Uruguayan can ride out a current rough patch and keep the(...)

Jon Stead scores Bradford’s second goal in their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Sunderland at Valley Parade. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Jon Stead has been there and worn the T-shirt during a career spanning 13 years and 10 clubs. But once things got so bad that his own supporters actu(...)