Martin O’Neill: “We know what we have to do . . . we have to have a high scoring draw; really we have to try to win the game.” Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

It’s only a couple of years now since the then Poland manager Waldemar Fornalik used 54 players over the course of just one season. As they prepare fo(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper  Shay Given  fails to stop the first goal from Mario Mandzukic of Croatia during the Euro 2012 group C game  at The Municipal Stadium on June 10th, 2012. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

The Republic of Ireland will return to the scene of two of their three defeats at last year’s European Championships after the FAI announced a friendl(...)

Croatia have sacked  coach Igor Stimac following the 2-0 defeat to Scotland, replacing him with another former international in Niko Kovac. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Former international midfielder Niko Kovac has replaced Igor Stimac as Croatia’s coach, the country’s Football Association (HNS) president Davor Suke(...)