Martin O’Neill: “We know what we have to do . . . we have to have a high scoring draw; really we have to try to win the game.” Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

It’s only a couple of years now since the then Poland manager Waldemar Fornalik used 54 players over the course of just one season. As they prepare fo(...)

Shay Given was stretchered off during Ireland’s 1-0 win over Germany and will miss Sunday’s game against Poland. Photograph: PA

Goalkeeper Shay Given is out of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying showdown with Poland on Sunday night. The 39-year-old was carried from the field on a s(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane (left) and manager Martin O’Neil during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre on Wednesday. “We’re playing a Germany side full of players that play Champions League football, who have won the World Cup but we are going to go out there and fight,” O’Neill told reporters.  “We are going to show our own self-belief.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Martin O’Neill has finally admitted defeat in the battle to get Seamus Coleman for tomorrow’s European Championship qualifier against Germany with the(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane: “We’re comfortable with the players we have.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

As their own problems mount, the Irish management team are unlikely to have taken too much encouragement from the news that Lukas Podolski is ruled ou(...)

Roy Keane has brushed away any concerns over Robbie Keane’s availability. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wes Hoolahan is the latest player to be rated doubtful for Ireland’s European Championship qualifier against Germany on Thursday with the Norwich City(...)

Cyrus Christie at the Republic of Ireland squad’s training centre,  in Abbotstown, Dublin on Monday: the Derby County defender is likely to play against Germany due to Séamus Coleman’s hamstring problem. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Having been a bit part player in Derby County’s faltering start to the new Championship campaign when he arrived for international duty a month ago, C(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill says that he entirely accepts Jack Grealish’s decision to play for England rather than the Republic of Ireland, but he has angrily reje(...)

Republic of Ireland squad training at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown on Monday morning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cyrus Christie sat out the Irish squad’s first training session of the week on Monday morning due to a hip problem with the Derby County right back re(...)

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman looks a major doubt for Ireland’s two European Championship qualifiers with Germany and Poland due to a hamstring strain. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Seamus Coleman’s fitness will be assessed by the FAI’s medical staff this morning before any final decision is made on his ability to play in the Euro(...)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said heavy investment makes Liverpool favourites for Sunday’s Merseyside derby. Photograph: PA

Roberto Martínez has put the pressure on Brendan Rodgers for Sunday’s Merseyside derby by claiming Liverpool’s “huge investment” makes them favourites(...)