Steven Naismith of Everton celebrates scoring their third goal against  Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Everton 3 QPR 1Everton turned their final home game before Christmas into a yuletide celebration with a Salvation Army brass band playing carols at ha(...)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed Roy Keane’s comments as ‘complete nonsense’. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane’s claims that the Premier League club put pressure on t(...)

Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and his backroom team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having regularly bemoaned the lengthy periods of inactivity through his first few months in the job and itched to get going on the competitive front, (...)

The  Republic of Ireland’s James McClean scores  his side’s third goal against the USA at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo:   Brian Lawless/PA

A comprehensive victory that should alleviate some of the pain from last Friday’s defeat in Glasgow.We need to start with Robbie Brady’s excellent dis(...)

Anthony Pinlkington dinks the ball over an onrushing Hamid for Ireland’s opener against the USA at the Aviva Stadium tonight

Ireland 4 USA 1 23 Shay Given 7/10 Aston Villa One early tip away, vital 80th minute save and spread himself for Chris Wondolowski’s ch(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: still looking to impose a discernible  system on the side. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tonight’s game is overshadowed by the lingering disappointment of Friday’s loss in Scotland. Poland’s very comfortable win in Georgia, which put them (...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at international squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide. Photograph: Inpho. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Gannon Park, Malahide, Dublin 17/11/2014Assistant manager Roy KeaneMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer 4:49

Martin O’Neill says he continues to be “delighted,” to have Roy Keane as his assistant manager and that he has no problem with the Cork man expressin(...)

Alex Pearce and Stephen Quinn during Ireland’s training session in Malahide. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 4:49

Amid all the talk of distractions, tonight’s game against the USA somehow seems like one itself. It will doubtless be a welcome one, though, to Martin(...)

Scotland Steven Naismith has said before that his upbringing in Ayrshire, an area blighted by unemployment, left a keen impression on him. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

“That’s it . . . nae friends for a week,” smiled Scotland midfielder Steven Naismith of the temporary break in communication with his Everton team-mat(...)

Robbie  Keane scored 16 goals in 19 appearances for Celtic during a loan spell at the club. Photograph:  Craig Halkett/PA 2:31

Martin O’Neill has warned Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane his familiarity with Celtic Park will count for little as he looks to take a furthe(...)