Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero scores their second goal past Stoke City’s Irish goalkeeper Shay Given from the penalty spot. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester City 4 Stoke City 0 Shay Given’s chances of making Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 suffered a setback as he left (...)

Shay Given made his league debut for Stoke City in their Premier League tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

Two days off his 40th birthday, Shay Given’s first Premier League start in almost a year against Tottenham last night may well have restored his place(...)

Shay Given is behind Jack Butland in the pecking order at Stoke City. Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill admits that Shay Given’s chances of making it to France this summer may have been boosted by the unfortunat(...)

Shay Given is undergoing knee surgery in a bid to salvage his chances of making it to Euro 2016 following the injury he picked up in Ireland’s win over Germany. Photograph: Getty

Martin O’Neill says he is waiting to see how successful Shay Given’s latest attempt to sort out the knee problem that has troubled him since he was in(...)

Aiden McGeady is likely to get a rare start for Everton in their FA Cup fixture against Dagenham and Redbridge. The Ireland winger was sent off during last season’s third round defeat to West Ham. Photograph: Getty

Everton outcasts Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady are both in line for a rare start when the Toffees take on Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup on (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at Thursday night’s  training at  Stadion Bilino Polje in Zenica  ahead of the Euro 2016 first leg against  Bosnia & Herzegovina on Friday. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is determined to join namesake Michael at the Euro 2016 finals as he plots a way past Bosnia-Herzegovina. The (...)

Bosnia & Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko during the press conference ahead of the Euro 2016 play-off, first leg against the Republic of Ireland   in Zenica. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters/Livepic

Edin Dzeko has warned Bosnia & Herzegovina to beware the Republic of Ireland after their shock victory over world champions Germany. Ireland face (...)

Shane Long has been ruled out of the first leg of the Euro 2016 play-off away to Bosnia. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Shane Long has been ruled out of the first leg of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia in Zenica on Friday as he continues to r(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is understood to have been offered an extension to his deal with the FAI. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has admitted he would be open to extending his contract as Republic of Ireland manager. The 63-year-old is understood to have been offe(...)

Finn Harps’ BJ Banda is swamped by fans at the final whistle after his goal secured Premier Division football for the Donegal club in their play-off against Limerick at Finn Park in Ballybofey. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

A South African-born teenager has become an unlikely hero for Donegal League of Ireland club Finn Harps following his dramatic extra-time goal against(...)