Stephen Quinn in training ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly game against Portugal in New Jersey. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

When Stephen Quinn heads out to the Meadowlands late this afternoon for the Republic of Ireland’s friendly with Portugal, he couldn’t be certain if he(...)

Ireland’s Glenn Whelan reacts after Kevin Doyle is injured during Friday’s friendly againt Costa Rica in Philadelphia.  Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

At some point before Ireland’s unexpectedly robust encounter with Costa Rica on Friday evening, Roy Keane casually asked Kevin Doyle when he had last (...)

Kevin Doyle after suffering a head injury that led to the sending off of Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez during the game at  PPL Stadium  in Philadelphia. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kevin Doyle insisted Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez got exactly what he deserved after leaving him with five stitches in his head.The 30-year-(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

 Stephen Ireland after he scored the only goal against Wales   at Croke Park in March 2007.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The prospect of Stephen Ireland ever returning to the Ireland squad looks more remote than ever after the Stoke City midfielder had his agent ring the(...)

John O’Shea takes part in the Republic of Ireland squad training session at Malahide this morning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Glenn Whelan could be in line to lead the Republic of Ireland in tomorrow night’s friendly against Serbia after Martin O’Neill hinted this aft(...)

 Jonathan Walters of Stoke City celebrates his goal with Peter Crouch. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Stoke 1 Arsenal 0 Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge suffered a blow as Jon Walters’ second-half penalty saw them (...)

Shay Given in action for Middlesbrough last weekend. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Newcastle United’s Rob Elliot is the only uncapped player included in Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for next month’s friendly with(...)

Stoke City’s Charlie Adam  scores his first goal against Manchester United. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Stoke City 2 Manchester United 1Charlie Adam scored either side of half-time as Stoke claimed their first ever Premier League victory over Manchester(...)