Roy Keane: The one thing we won’t do is take our eye off the ball in terms of training or think we can just turn up and win.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy

There was a moment yesterday after training in Abbotstown when Roy Keane suddenly seemed surprised by his own tone as talked about Gibraltar. “I thin(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill may be considering Darren Randolph in goal for the upcoming Gibraltar match. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Those players to have made the cut over the weekend will take part in the Irish squad’s first ever training session in Abbotstown this morning with on(...)

Bournemouth’s Eunan O’Kane has been named in martin O’Neill’s provisional 37-man squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Photograph: PA

As he named a hugely extended squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia, Republic of Ireland manager Marti(...)

Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay is Stoke City’s latest signing. Photograph: Getty Images

Stoke City have announced the signing of the former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay. The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Premier (...)

Robbie Keane took full part in Ireland training on Friday despite the death of his cousin on Thursday. Photograph: Inpho

Robbie Keane took a full part in the Ireland squad’s training this morning in Malahide despite the tragedy that claimed the life of one of his cousins(...)

The FA Cup semi final win against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium was a breakthrough moment for Given  and Villa. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

In the car from the train station, it starts. Unintentionally, it’s a bit heavy. How was Saturday, then? It is a standard question to put to a footbal(...)

Tim Sherwood says Christian Benteke should aim higher than Liverpool if he is to leave Aston Villa. Photograph: PA

Christian Benteke goes into the FA Cup final on Saturday with Aston Villa’s manager, Tim Sherwood, telling him he should set his sights higher than Li(...)

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has played in every round of the FA Cup this season. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Shay Given is expected to be fit to play for Aston Villa in the FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday. The 39-year-old Republic of Ireland goalkee(...)

 Riyad Mahrez scored twice for Leicester City in their 2-0 win over Southampton. Photograph: Afp

Leicester City 2 Southampton 0 Leicester continued their march towards Barclays Premier League survival against Southampton at the King Power S(...)

Tom Cleverley and Christian Benteke were both on the scoresheet for Aston Villa as they beat Everton 3-2 at Villa Park. Photograph: PA

Aston Villa 3 Everton 2Christian Benteke’s brace inspired Aston Villa to a vital 3-2 victory over lacklustre Everton. The red hot striker scored his n(...)