Roy Keane: The one thing we won’t do is take our eye off the ball in terms of training or think we can just turn up and win.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy

There was a moment yesterday after training in Abbotstown when Roy Keane suddenly seemed surprised by his own tone as talked about Gibraltar. “I thin(...)

Roy Keane has confirmed Everton’s James McCarthy has taken full part in training ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar. Photograph: Inpho

James McCarthy trained fully with the Irish squad this morning in Abbbotstown where Paul McShane was the only member of Martin O’Neill’s squad to sit (...)

Jon Walters sent out a joke tweet to inform Louis van Gaal that no helicopter would be needed as he wouldn’t be leaving Stoke after all. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Jon Walters will still be a Stoke City player when he trains for the first time this week with the Ireland squad. The 31-year-old had been linked w(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane watch Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill was in ‘grin and bear it’ mode yesterday. The soundtrack to the first international break of the season used to consist of club manag(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane look on during training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jon Walters was the only unexpected absentee from Ireland’s first training session of the week out at Abbotstown on Monday morning with the Stoke City(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Jon Walters has just one year left on Stoke contract. Photograph: PA.

Stoke City have rejected a bid of around €2 million for Republic of Ireland striker Jon Walters from Norwich City but it is possible that the 31-ye(...)

Bournemouth’s Eunan O’Kane has been named in martin O’Neill’s provisional 37-man squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Photograph: PA

As he named a hugely extended squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia, Republic of Ireland manager Marti(...)

Wes Hoolahan and Scotand’s Scott Brown battle for possession at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland manager seemed to have stumbled upon a system that works. That accommodated Wes Hoolahan. That had Scotland on the rack for(...)

James McClean heads a late chance wide as Ireland desperately searched for a winner against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Back in the days when they were still on speaking terms, John Delaney and his opposite number at the SFA were key players in the push to expand the Eu(...)

Unfortunately for Martin O’Neill his selections and plans have scarcely worked apart from periods against weak Georgia and awful Gibraltar.

A chance for redemption then. After our defeat at Celtic Park back in November, I questioned whether our midfielder players – Jeff Hendrick and Darron(...)