Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan grimaces in pain after fracturing a leg in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will give midfielder Glenn Whelan every chance to make his final squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against (...)

Martin O’Neill: “You might say ‘it’s only Gibraltar’, but for me I have to really focus on that game before Germany. Take your eye off it and you find yourself in a bit of trouble.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A month ago he named a 36-man provisional squad for the games against Oman and Georgia. Yesterday at Abbotstown Martin O’Neill raised the number by on(...)

Martin O’Neill: “I am looking forward to meeting up with the squad in two weeks-time and preparing for two very important matches.”

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named a 37-man provisional squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualification matches against Gibraltar (...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will announce his squad for Oman and Georgia on Thursday morning.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Seven games into his Republic of Ireland managerial tenure and the path ahead of Martin O’Neill looks much the same as it did when the Euro 2016 draw(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named John O’Shea captain for the friendly against Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s 2-0 victory over Italy in Liege three years ago is a reminder of how unpredictable these end of season affairs can be. But a bit like the gu(...)

Stephen Ward is congratulated by his of Brighton team-mates aafter scoring the equaliser against Nottingham Forest during the  Championship match  at the  City Ground  in Nottingham. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Championship round-up: Brighton grabbed a last-minute winner to beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 and snatch the last play-off spot on a dramatic final day i(...)

Burnley’s  Michael Kightly  celebrates scoring their second goal during the  2-0 Championship victory over Wigan Athletic at Turf Moor that guarantees them automatic promotion back to the Premier League. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Burnley sealed automatic promotion to the Premier League as two first-half goals ensured a 2-0 win over Wigan and sparked mass celeb(...)

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(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane during Tuesday’s match in Poznan. Photograph: Inpho Donall Farmer/Inpho

Standing in the heart of the old East, Martin O’Neill may be the football manager who came in from the cold but he certainly wasn’t feeling the Novemb(...)

Ireland’s Paul Green (right) and Jakub Blaszczykowski of Poland in Poznan last night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Paul Green is relishing the chance to enrol himself in a midfield masterclass after being handed a dream opportunity to work with Roy Keane. The 30-ye(...)