French supporters hold a banner to appreciate the support prior to the friendly match between England and France at Wembley. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

In ordinary circumstances, it was the kind of result England would cherish on the countdown to a major tournament. These, of course, are not ordina(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates after the match. Photo: Lee Smith / Reuters

If the French public are nursing fears that Friday night’s atrocity in Paris might keep visitors away from their country, the celebratory roar emanati(...)

Man of the match Robbie Brady in action against Bosnia-Herzegovina  at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The last time Ireland qualified for the Euros, we learned to be careful what we wished for. A team that was two years past its peak ultimately couldn(...)

 Robbie Keane celebrates after qualifying for Euro 2012 in the Aviva. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Belgium 2 Rep of Ireland 1 1998 World Cup, France Brussels, November 11th, 1997 After one-legged playoffs in 1965 and 1995, Ireland’s fir(...)

Jürgen Klopp has spoken to LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard about returning to his former club, according to reports. Photograh: Getty

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has spoken to former captain Steven Gerrard about the prospect of him returning to the club, but only in regards to tra(...)

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy scores the only goal of the Premier League clash  against Crystal palace at  King Power Stadium. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 0 Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game and created a little piece of history in the process as Leicester edged to a(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane applauds the fans after losing the European Championship Qualifying match at the National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/PA Wire

The Republic of Ireland will face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-offs. Martin O’Neill’s men missed the chance of automatic qualificat(...)

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger: “You either find someone who strengthens your squad or not.” Photogrpah: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Arsène Wenger has again defended his inactivity in the transfer window, while denying he deliberately misled Arsenal fans about the extent of Danny We(...)

French international Dmitri Payet joined West Ham for €14.5 million from Marseille. Photograph: Getty

The astonishing amount of money spent in this summer 2015 transfer window by the two Manchester clubs on three particular players has lent the impress(...)

Former England footballer Gary Lineker volunteered his services to cover BBC golf coverage after Steve Rider left the broadcasters. Photograph: Getty.

Ah, Steve Rider. Out of the haze of sports television’s glory years steps the most urbane and dulcet-toned presenter of them all to remind everybod(...)