Wes Hoolahan has only started an away game but in Gibraltar could prove vital for Ireland in Zenica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has some major decisions to make. Despite the amazing fact that his team only conceded seven goals in 10 group games, our defence was c(...)

Scotland’s Shaun Maloney is tackled by   Georgia’s Guram Kashia during the Euro 2016  Group D qualifier in Tbilisi. Photograph:    Nick Potts/PA

Georgia 1 Scotland 0 Scotland’s national team has become so used to harsh realities that another one probably will not be difficult to accept. Defeat (...)

Rookie outfit Orlando City are paying Kaka $6.6 million while the 30 other squad players receive a total of $4 million between them.  Photo:  Alex Menendez/Getty

Twenty-four-year-old Thomas McNamara grew up 40 minutes north of Yankee Stadium where he currently patrols midfield for New York City FC. With enough (...)

Wes Hoolahan and Scotand’s Scott Brown battle for possession at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland manager seemed to have stumbled upon a system that works. That accommodated Wes Hoolahan. That had Scotland on the rack for(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill cuts a frustrated figure. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

There is rarely a good time to hear the strange music of Scottish bagpipes. But an hour into what was supposed to be an exhibition of Irish fury at th(...)

James McClean heads a late chance wide as Ireland desperately searched for a winner against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Back in the days when they were still on speaking terms, John Delaney and his opposite number at the SFA were key players in the push to expand the Eu(...)

Ireland’s Under 20s were beaten 25-3 by New Zealand ending their hopes of World Cup glory. Photograph: Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • June 11, 2015, 08:34

World Cup dream over Dreams of World Cup glory are over for Ireland’s Under 20s after they were beaten 25-3 by a very impressive New Zealand side in V(...)

Shaun Maloney believes Ireland won’t be caught out by another set-piece move in Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland like they were at Celtic park in November. Photograph: Reuters

Shaun Maloney does not think the Ireland will be fooled again by another Scottish set-piece ploy. The Chicago Fire playmaker proved to be the Dark Blu(...)

England’s Jordan Henderson battles for the ball with the Republic of Ireland’s Aiden McGeady during the international friendly at The Aviva Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Decisions, decisions. A damp squib is better than the fire and brimstone of 1995 but this scoreless draw with England proves the overall plan and shap(...)

Lee Casciaro celebrates with his Gibraltar  team-mates after scoring their first goal in competitive international football in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Scotland at Hamden Park. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters /Livepic

Scotland 6 Gibraltar 1Mercifully, there are two people who can look back on this fixture with fondness. Lee Casciaro, a policeman who plays part-time (...)