Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during yesterday’s press briefing at Gannon Park in Malahide. “It’s going to be tough, obviously, but my goodness we’ve got to look forward to the game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The standard accusation on these occasions is that the press generate unrealistic expectations for the team but Roy Keane, famously, doesn’t go with t(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Nacer Chadli scores his second and his side’s third against QPR at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Tottenham 4 QPR 0Harry Redknapp offered a puff of the cheeks and a quick handshake to those in the opposing dug-out at the final whistle to suggest he(...)

Richard Dunne: In the beginning, he must have looked an outside bet to become what he eventually did: a crowd favourite, brave to a fault and a player who carried the best of the qualities of the old era with him into the new. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

It is one of the great football images: Richard Dunne and Thierry Henry sitting together on the grass in Paris minutes after France and Ireland finish(...)

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp and Richard Dunne at yesterday’s press conference at Carton House. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There’ll be a certain symmetry to proceedings at Tallaght Stadium this afternoon, where Richard Dunne will take to the field against Shamrock Rover(...)

Richard Dunne gives a thumbs-up as he leaves a Queens Park Rangers press conference at Carton House in Maynooth. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the end it was all about the timing for Richard Dunne, who revealed today that admitting to himself that his international career was over was the (...)

Richard Dunne: “Retiring from international football has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make.”

After 14 years as Ireland’s last line of defence, Richard Dunne has decided that the time is right to bring down the curtain on his international care(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is optimistic that Séamus Coleman will be fit for the opening game of his team’s European Championship qua(...)

Russia’s coach Fabio Capello during his side’s forgettable 1-1 draw against South Korea.

It is usually Russian gymnasts that we associate with parallels, but right now it is the country’s manager, Fabio Capello. Feted by his adopted public(...)

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(...)

Queens Park Rangers’ Bobby Zamora fires home the winning goal despite the challenge of Derby County skipper Richard Keogh during the   Championship play-off final at Wembley.  Photograph: John Walton/PA

QPR 1 Derby County 0: Bobby Zamora struck a dramatic last-minute winner to sink Derby and fire QPR back into the Premier League.The 33-year-old, on as(...)