Romelu Lukaku celebrates Everton’s fifth goal during their English League Cup tie against Barnsley at the Oakwell Stadium. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AP

Barnsley 3 Everton 5 (after extra-time) John Stones started for Everton the day after submitting a transfer request but was part of a side whic(...)

Wes Hoolahan and Scotand’s Scott Brown battle for possession at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland manager seemed to have stumbled upon a system that works. That accommodated Wes Hoolahan. That had Scotland on the rack for(...)

Unfortunately for Martin O’Neill his selections and plans have scarcely worked apart from periods against weak Georgia and awful Gibraltar.

A chance for redemption then. After our defeat at Celtic Park back in November, I questioned whether our midfielder players – Jeff Hendrick and Darron(...)

 Steven Naismith during Scotland training at  Mar Hall Hotel in  Bishopton ahead of next Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photo:  Russell Cheyne/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Steven Naismith has warned the Republic of Ireland their hopes of reaching Euro 2016 will be left hanging by a thread if they fail to beat his Scotlan(...)

England’s Jordan Henderson battles for the ball with the Republic of Ireland’s Aiden McGeady during the international friendly at The Aviva Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Decisions, decisions. A damp squib is better than the fire and brimstone of 1995 but this scoreless draw with England proves the overall plan and shap(...)

Lee Casciaro celebrates with his Gibraltar  team-mates after scoring their first goal in competitive international football in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Scotland at Hamden Park. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters /Livepic

Scotland 6 Gibraltar 1Mercifully, there are two people who can look back on this fixture with fondness. Lee Casciaro, a policeman who plays part-time (...)

Lukasz Teodorczyk (right) celebrates scoring for Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League second-leg match against Everton at the NSC Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters

Dynamo Kiev 5 Everton 2 (Kiev win 6-4 on agg)And then there were none. The light went out on English football’s involvement in Europe in emphatic and (...)

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku  celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot during the Uefa Europa League Round of 16, first leg game against FC Dynamo Kyiv at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Everton 2 Dynamo Kyiv 1 English hopes of progress in Europe remain intact, but only just. An 82nd-minute penalty from Romelu Lukaku gave Evert(...)

 Roberto Martinez: “one competition shouldn’t get in the way of the other”

Everton fly the flag for British football in the Europa League, yet it was legitimate to ask Roberto Martinez whether he should wave a white one agai(...)

Esteban Cambiasso scored Leicester City’s second in their 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Everton 2 Leicester City 2Roberto Martínez used his programme notes to accuse José Mourinho’s Chelsea of “trying to influence the referee” on Everton’(...)