The inclusion of James McClean was the fairytale of the Giovanni Trapattoni’s selection for the 2012 tournament. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Giovanni Trapattoni announced his squad to travel to Poland for the Euro 2012 finals, among the players left hoping for a miracle or an injury(...)

“It’s not nice and you feel like you’ve let people down . . . it is terrible to go through and you just have to accept it,” says Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, who has been relegated three times in his career. Photograph: Getty.

Preparing to leave Burnley’s Gawthorpe Hall training ground after another morning workout, Stephen Ward flashes a wide grin having shared a joke with (...)

Shane Long (second from left) is congratulated by his Southampton team-mates after opening the scoring in the FA Cup third-round replay against Ipswich Town at   Portman Road. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ipswich 0 Southampton 1Having produced what several experts described as the perfect away performance to beat Manchester United in the Premier League (...)

 Darren Ambrose of Ipswich (left) celebrates with teammate Luke Hyam of Ipswich after scoring the opening goal against Southampton. Photograph:  Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Southampton 1 Ipswich Town 1 If matches were decided on the basis of possession and territorial dominance alone, then Southampton would already be in (...)

Ipswich’s Stephen Hunt in action against   Charlton Athletic: his understandable comments sparked a firestorm of abuse.  Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

It didn’t take the firestorm of abuse that erupted in response to Stephen Hunt’s perfectly unexceptional original column to demonstrate yet again that(...)

Rory McIlroy at the press conference on Fota Island, Co Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sun shining, temperatures hitting 25 degrees, Fota Island looking as manicured and magnificent as Augusta and just when you think it couldn’t possibly(...)

Firefighters at the scene of a fire at Paul’s Hair World in Oldham Street, Manchester, where firefighter Stephen Hunt was killed whilst tackling the blaze. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Two 15-year-old girls have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a firefighter was killed tackling a blaze at an English hair salon.Firefig(...)

Wolverhampton Wanderers have parted company with Irish midfielder Stephen Hunt. Photograph: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images

Stephen Hunt may be added to Mick McCarthy’s shopping list at Ipswich Town after the Republic of Ireland winger was released by Wolverhampton (...)