Raheem Sterling of Liverpool goes down in the penalty area during the  Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Brendan Rodgers’s decision to rest Steven Gerrard failed to pay dividends as even the Liverpool captain’s emergence off the b(...)

Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and his backroom team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having regularly bemoaned the lengthy periods of inactivity through his first few months in the job and itched to get going on the competitive front, (...)

Marginalised under Trap, Hoolahan has been very much a part of O’Neill’s plans

WinnersWes HoolahanThe midfielder’s marginalisation under Trapattoni became the key criticism of the Italian towards the end his tenure and while O’Ne(...)

The  Republic of Ireland’s James McClean scores  his side’s third goal against the USA at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo:   Brian Lawless/PA

A comprehensive victory that should alleviate some of the pain from last Friday’s defeat in Glasgow.We need to start with Robbie Brady’s excellent dis(...)

Robbie Brady celebrates scoring Ireland’s fourth goal and his second  with Hull City clubmate David Meyler (left). Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Getting back on the horse is a damn sight easier when the old steed crouches down to meet you. The Republic of Ireland probably weren’t full value for(...)

Anthony Pinlkington dinks the ball over an onrushing Hamid for Ireland’s opener against the USA at the Aviva Stadium tonight

Ireland 4 USA 1 23 Shay Given 7/10 Aston Villa One early tip away, vital 80th minute save and spread himself for Chris Wondolowski’s ch(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh at Celtic Park on Thursday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill is refusing to allow the latest episode in the Roy Keane saga to distract him from his mission to guide the Republic of Ireland to the (...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to members of the media ahead of his side’s crucial European Championship qualifying game against Scotland in Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness this morning in Malahide with the Republic of Ireland strongly suggesting that th(...)

James McCarthy sits out training with team doctor Alan Byrne this morning. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness tomorrow when the Irish squad is due to train in Malahide for the last time before(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan grimaces in pain after fracturing a leg in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will give midfielder Glenn Whelan every chance to make his final squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against (...)