Sunderland celebrate Jermain Defoe’s second half strike in their 3-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road. Photograph: PA

Norwich City 0 Sunderland 3 Sunderland grabbed a survival lifeline as goals from Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore secured a priceless(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot clutches his injured knee as Slovakia open the scoring against Martin O’Neill’s side on Tuesday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With only two friendlies to go before Ireland’s first game at Euro 2016, the temptation is to start mentally ticking off the names of the 23 players w(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan in action against Slovakia’s Miroslav Stoch. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There’s more than one way to put them under pressure. With Wes Hoolahan as our creative director, as we saw for 71 minutes last night against Slovaki(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan collides with  Peter Pekarik of Slovakia during the friendly international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A night when black was white and white was black. Ireland put in as crisp and cogent an hour of play as the Martin O’Neill era has seen but needed two(...)

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 2 If Slovakia really left thinking that this is typical of what they can expect from England and Wales in June then th(...)

Shay Given is behind Jack Butland in the pecking order at Stoke City. Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill admits that Shay Given’s chances of making it to France this summer may have been boosted by the unfortunat(...)

Jonathan Walters with his Three International Player of the Year Award. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jon Walters has been named as Ireland’s Senior International Player of the Year at the FAI’s annual Three sponsored awards with the 32 year-old strike(...)

Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and Jonathan Walters have been nominated for the Irish senior player of the year award. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jonathan Walters leads the contenders for the Senior Player of the Year prize at the Three sponsored FAI International awards on Sunday evening with t(...)

Kyle Lafferty in action for Northern Ireland in a friendly against Latvia at Windsor Park last November. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Since Norwich City last won a match they have played 10, lost nine and not scored in six of them. Something’s not right. Meanwhile, every morning Kyle(...)

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill appears to have drawn a line under the exclusion of Damien Delaney from his international squad, killing off any chance of a return by (...)