Robbie Keane: The Liverpool experience could have been scarring but Keane just shook it off. Photograph: Donall Farmer

If Stephen Ireland exhibits supreme indifference to the idea of playing football for his country, then with each passing year it seems that Robbie Kea(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: “If  he wants to call me, fine. If he phones me some time in July, of course I’ll pick up the phone and I’ll speak. But I’m not chasing it anymore.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stephen Ireland appears to have driven another nail into the coffin containing his once promising international career.The Stoke City midfielder, who (...)

 Stephen Ireland after he scored the only goal against Wales   at Croke Park in March 2007.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The prospect of Stephen Ireland ever returning to the Ireland squad looks more remote than ever after the Stoke City midfielder had his agent ring the(...)

Stephen Ireland in action for Stoke City against Manchester City’s Aleksandr Kolarov. Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill hopes to meet with the midfielder next week to find out if he wants to return to the international fold. Photograph:  Getty Images.

  The six-and-a-half-year saga of Stephen Ireland’s international exile could finally be resolved next week when Republic of Ireland manag(...)

Leon Osman is an injury concern for Everton.

Saturday, April 12th Crystal Palace (14) v Aston Villa (13) Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully-fit squad to choose from. Dwigh(...)

 Ahmed Elmohamady of Hull City challenges Stephen Ireland of Stoke City during the  Premier League match  at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Getty Images

Stephen Ireland believes that his revival as a Premier League player with Stoke could lead to a return to international football. The 27(...)

Peter Crouch’s  shot deflects into the goal off  Peter Odemwingie for  Stoke City’s first goal in their Premier League game against  Aston Villa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Aston Villa 1 Stoke City 4: They only have seven games left, but as things stand (...)

 Martin O’Neill has stuck very closely to the core group of players that were was generally selected by his predecessor, Giovanni Trapattoniduring.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has again hinted that he will try to widen his selection options by br(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni: 75 today, St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Happy Birthday Giovanni Trapattoni: 75 today, St Patrick’s Day. Remember when there was significance attached to that, the coincidence w(...)

Manager Martin O’Neill at the Republic of Ireland squad announcement in the County Hall, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Richard Dunne’s return yesterday to the Republic of Ireland squad looks set to be short-lived, with Martin O’Neill suggesting that the QPR defe(...)