Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill is being lined up by Jurgen Klinsmann for the US Olympic team. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

For years Irish soccer fans have rued the game’s drain of talent to the perpetual lure of the GAA, yet now they face losing a descendant of Gaelic (...)

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King. Photograph:  Noel Geraghty/Inpho

The Irish under-21s will kick-off their European Championship qualifying campaign with a home game against Andorra next month but the real challenge i(...)

  André Schürrle out of tonight’s game against Ireland. Photograph: Joern Pollex/Getty Images

Chelsea midfielder André Schürrle has been ruled out of this evening’s qualifying game in Gelsenkirchen after coming down with a bout of flu. The 23 (...)

 Robbie Keane  has scored against Germany in the past.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Republic of Ireland head for Germany tomorrow having enjoyed success over their Euro 2016 rivals in the past. However, they have not done so fo(...)

 Robbie Keane: “If it’s right for the team, regardless of if I’m playing or not, I don’t really care. As long as we get a result, I couldn’t care less.” Photograph:  Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Robbie Keane insists he’s not paying attention to the international goal tally despite it hurtling ever higher into nose bleed territory. Anoth(...)

 Noel King: “Goals change games and, after Norway got the first one, they grew in confidence and didn’t look back.”

Norway U-21 4 Republic of Ireland U-21 1Noel King admitted his Republic of Ireland Under-21 side learned a harsh lesson in tonight’s heavy defeat to N(...)

Possible Republic of Ireland full-international Jack Grealish celebrates scoring for the country’s Under-21s against the Faroe Islands Under-21s   at the Showgrounds in Sligo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While the focus may all be on Jack Grealish in the Republic of Ireland’s concluding Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifier against Germany in Halle toda(...)

 Jack Grealish: will be hoping to make a big impression with  Aston Villa’s first team this season. Photo: David Rogers/Getty

There will be few better days for Roy Keane to combine his club and county roles than the opening day of this new Premier League season.Aston Villa’s (...)

Pepe and Thomas Muller: not strictly a head-butt but not strictly not a head-butt either.

Day Five. A Monday. You’ve put in a weekend of frankly heroic football watching and then just when you’ve got to go back to work, you realise it’s Day(...)

David Meyler and Wes Hoolahan during the Republic of Ireland’s squad training session in the New York Red Bull ground yesterday morning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Maybe not quite the intoxicating scenes of 20 summers ago when the Irish and the Italians met on a famous World Cup afternoon in June but at least 50,(...)