Aleksandr Kerzhakov draws Ireland in World Cup qualification Group D. Photograph: Reuters

Martin O’Neill will be relieved to have avoided the continent’s biggest guns in the draw for the European section of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers (...)

England’s Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal against Slovenia in their Uefa Euro 2016 qualifying Group E match at the Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photograph: Reuters

Wayne Rooney considers the spirit within the squad to be the best he has experienced during his 12 years with England as the players of a new generati(...)

Jack Wilshere scores his and England’s second goal against Slovenia at the Stozice Arena in Ljubljana. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

At this rate, it cannot be long before someone in the camp suddenly announces that England are looking good to win Euro 2016. Let us hope they can co(...)

Wayne Rooney came within one goal of Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record as his late strike gave England a 3-2 win away at Slovenia. Photograph: Reuters

Slovenia 2 England 3 At this rate, it cannot be long before someone in the camp suddenly announces that England are looking good to win Euro 20(...)

Robbie Brady gets above Raheem Sterling during the drab stalemate at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Maybe they should have waited another 20 years. As an exercise in smooth and incident-free organisation of an international fixture soaked in histo(...)

England fans sing their national anthem before the friendly match with the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It’s not often we have England for Sunday lunch, but happily the visitors to the Afifa were impeccably behaved this time, apart from those moments whe(...)

Republic of Ireland striker  Daryl Murphy heads at goal during the friendly international against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters/Livepic

Republic of Ireland 0 England 0 Perhaps these two sides could have injected a little more life into this Sunday lunchtime encounter by agreeing(...)

 England manager Roy Hodgson  talks with Republic of Ireland  Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during the international friendly soccer match at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was happy with his side’s showing in the 0-0 friendly draw with England as he looks to up the intensity ahe(...)

Wayne Rooney: “As the manager said, I think the game has moved on from that and the FA have put the messages out for the fans to see and hopefully the fans will behave themselves and enjoy the match.”

Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney have urged fans to behave and refrain from provoking Ireland supporters as England prepare for their first visit to Dubli(...)

Wayne Rooney is close to surpassing Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

When trying to assess England’s status as they step onto Dublin soil for the first time in 20 years, it is perhaps as wise to go back a year and furth(...)