Steven Reid of Ireland during the Uefa Euro 2008 qualifying match between Germany and the Republic of Ireland at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium. Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

After a career spanning 17 years, encompassing 10 different operations, former Irish international Steven Reid will retire at the end of the season, o(...)

 Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the  Championship play-off semi-final second leg match against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Norwich 3 Ipswich 1 (Norwich win 4-2 on aggregate) Norwich saw off 10-man Ipswich 3-1 at Carrow Road to earn a shot at Middlesbrough in the Cha(...)

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Even now, after so many attempts to get them right, the Fifa rules that govern international eligibility are an imperfect attempt to address an intrac(...)

Ipswich Town were bottom of the Championship when Mick McCarthy took over two-and-a-half years ago. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Sitting in his office at Ipswich Town’s training ground as he prepares to take his latest team into the Championship play-offs, Mick McCarthy laughs (...)

Bournemouth are promoted as Championship winners after Watford could only draw 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Derby County 0 Reading 3 Derby saw their play-off hopes crushed by out-of-form Reading who ended a run of four Championship defeats by pulling (...)

 Mick McCarthy: “The first thing I said to the players in the dressing room after the game was what a belligerent, stubborn, hard working, tough, horrible bunch you have turned out to be and I love you and I am proud of you because you need all those qualities to be a good team. It is lovely to have.” Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy hailed the “belligerent, stubborn and hard working” qualities of his “horrible bunch” of players after a determined 1-1 dra(...)

  Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth breaks through against Newport Gwent Dragons. The outhalf scored a try but came out on the losing side. Photograph: Simon King/Inpho

Dragons 25 Leinster 22Matt O’Connor has six days to salvage Leinster’s season from suffering the ignominy of being effectively over by mid-April.Their(...)

 Dragons’ Jack Dixon scores his side’s second try in comeback victory over Leinster. Photo: Ian Cook/Inpho

Dragons 25 Leinster 22Matt O’Connor has six days to salvage Leinster’s season from suffering the ignominy of being effectively over by mid-April.Their(...)

Ireland fans Neil Cotter and Mark May from Glasnevin with Polish fans in Poznan during Euro 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Next Sunday night, the Republic of Ireland take on Poland in a Uefa European Championship qualifier in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. It is the perfect momen(...)

Seán St Ledger previously said he would consider a move to the League of Ireland in order to get back playing again. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO Seán St Ledger previously said he would consider a move to the League of Ireland in order to get back playing again. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Republic of Ireland defender Seán St Ledger is bidding to relaunch his career in Major League Soccer, going on trial at DC United after a lengthy spel(...)