Southampton’s Shane Long scores their first goal at Villa Park. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Aston Villa 2 Southampton 4 Southampton breezed to victory against wretched Aston Villa as supporters continued to turn on the relegated hosts. The (...)

Leicester City’s Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Fuchs and Nathan Dyer celebrate at full time. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Leicester City 1 Southampton 0 The locals were giving the opportunistic peddler selling scarves declaring “Leicester City, Premiership champions 20(...)

Northern Ireland’s Gareth McAuley (centre) concedes a penalty by fowling Wales’ Simon Church in the area. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

In many respects it was one of those international friendlies that confirmed what most people already suspected. While Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ire(...)

 Sadio Mané’s late goal secured Southampton a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Photograph: Reuters

Liverpool 1 Southampton 1 Just to be clear it is Liverpool who are the draw specialists, not their new manager. Jürgen Klopp is simply taking l(...)

Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis celebrates after his side’s one-all draw with Finland last night propelled them to the top of their European Championship group. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

The job was already done but Northern Ireland ended a magnificent qualifying campaign with one final feat by winning their group courtesy of a point (...)

Northern Ireland players celebrate clinching qualification for Euro 2016 qualifier at Windsor Park on Thursday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

What a night for Irish football. Or, if you prefer, what a night for Irish soccer. And all that lies therein. On Thursday men from the 32 counties of(...)

Victory over Greece sent Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland to their first major tournament since 1986. Photograph: Getty

Even Michael O’Neill said it was “special”. He said it twice, in fact three times. There is a brilliant realism to the Northern Ireland manager but ev(...)

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty shoots to score their late equaliser past Hungary’s goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly during the Euro 2016 qualifying Group F matchat Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland 1 Hungary 1 They may well have heard the noise on the Cave Hill. You can see it now that the Kop at Windsor Park is no more. But its (...)

Kyle Lafferty: “I had to grow up sometime. The team and the country needs the Kyle Lafferty with the head screwed on”. Photograph: William Cherry/INPHO/Presseye

Two years ago this week Steven Davis was part of a Northern Ireland side that lost 3-2 to Luxembourg on the way to finishing fifth in their World Cup (...)

Southampton’s Italian striker Graziano Pellè  tries an overhead kick against Norwich City at St Mary’s Stadium. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Southampton 3 Norwich 0 Southampton needed this. After the disappointment of their Europa League exit and the general sense that they were fighting bo(...)