David Meyler and Wes Hoolahan during the Republic of Ireland’s squad training session in the New York Red Bull ground yesterday morning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Maybe not quite the intoxicating scenes of 20 summers ago when the Irish and the Italians met on a famous World Cup afternoon in June but at least 50,(...)

Manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane at the Republic of Ireland’s last training session at Gannon Park before the squad’s departure for New York. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Martin O’Neill took some obvious pleasure yesterday in announcing that Roy Keane future’s is, as far as he is concerned, “on the backburner”, at le(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill speaking to the press. Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is hoping for a break from the speculation about his assistant manager Roy Keane’s future for the duration (...)

Stephen Ward is congratulated by his of Brighton team-mates aafter scoring the equaliser against Nottingham Forest during the  Championship match  at the  City Ground  in Nottingham. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Championship round-up: Brighton grabbed a last-minute winner to beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 and snatch the last play-off spot on a dramatic final day i(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Jon Walters will miss an important part of Stoke City’s Premier League run in after h(...)

Shay Given in action for Middlesbrough last weekend. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Newcastle United’s Rob Elliot is the only uncapped player included in Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for next month’s friendly with(...)

Stephen Ward taking part in yesterday’s Republic of Ireland squad training session in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Regime change is becoming a way of life for Stephen Ward, who knows better than ever after the last year or two that footballers win some and lose som(...)

Brighton’s Stephen Ward is back in the Republic of Ireland squad.

If Roy Keane’s comment the other night about deserving another chance struck any sort of chord with Stephen Ward then the Brighton defender will have (...)

Stephen Ward, seen here in action for Brighton, has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly games against Latvia and Poland. Photograph: Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland caretaker manager Noel King has named a 27-man squad for the upcoming friendly internationals against Latvia and Poland. Next Frid(...)

Stephen Ward (left) has left Wolves for Brighton. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland international left-back Stephen Ward has joined Brighton and Hove Albion on loan from Wolves. Ward’s wages meant he was effective(...)