Ben Davies: reads the game well and  has a lovely left foot, which complements strong technique. Photograph: PA

When Neil Taylor fractured his ankle against Sunderland back in September 2012, the concern at Swansea City extended beyond the Welshman’s personal (...)

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(...)

Jon Walters in Jersey City yesterday: “I like to come in and get involved as much as possible.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

When Jon Walters reviews his last few months of football and travel, he can at least console himself with the fact that they have been interesting. N(...)

Manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane at the Republic of Ireland’s last training session at Gannon Park before the squad’s departure for New York. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Martin O’Neill took some obvious pleasure yesterday in announcing that Roy Keane future’s is, as far as he is concerned, “on the backburner”, at le(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill speaking to the press. Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is hoping for a break from the speculation about his assistant manager Roy Keane’s future for the duration (...)

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill and coach Steve Guppy at Gannon Park, Malahide, yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As Richard Dunne heads for a month of sunny R&R and contemplates an almost fairytale return to the Premier League, Richard Keogh will have to pick(...)

Republic of Ireland players Glenn Whelan and John O’Shea after Turkey scored their second goal during the friendly international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John O’Shea has urged his international team-mates to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch if they are to qualify for the finals of Euro 2016.M(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill watches his side against Turkey at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

A second straight defeat, he admitted, may take its toll on confidence but Martin O’Neill seemed relaxed, if a little perplexed, by last night’(...)

Ireland’s James McClean  is challenged by Turkey’s Ahmet Ilhan Ozek. Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Republic of Ireland 1 Turkey 2 These continue to be tough times for the FAI who must have hoped their new management team would help to generate a (...)

Ireland’s Séamus Coleman is held back by Turkey’s Ahmet Ilhan Ozek. Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

There are two Republic of Ireland managers. That’s according to right-back Séamus Coleman, who used the turn of phrase to describe the boss and his(...)