Republic of Ireland’s Callum O’Dowda and Andrea Conti of Italy. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Italy 4 A heavy defeat to Group Two leaders Italy at the Waterford RSC yesterday has all but ended the Republic of Ireland’s U(...)

“I’m hoping that Shane (Duffy) will get onto the field of play here. He’s definitely one that you would like to think is one for the future as some of the older players drop off . . . I would like to get him onto the field in some of these games.”

Martin O’Neill says he intends to name his squad for the European Championships on the day after the friendly match against the Netherlands on May 27(...)

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 (...)

Leicester City’s Danny Simpson (left), Andy King (centre) and Jamie Vardy appluad their fans following the English Premier League win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Photograph: Getty.

On Saturday night, Leicester beat Watford in a match that resembled a battle from the first World War to go five points clear at the top of the league(...)

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney  has endured a poor season in front of goal. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

In fairness to Louis van Gaal, amid all the scrutiny of his team’s performances and Wayne Rooney’s diminishing output, he was not being wildly disres(...)

Former Everton manager Howard Kendall has died aged 69. Photograph: PA

Everton’s greatest-ever manager Howard Kendall has died at the age of 69. Kendall won the title with the club as a player in 1969 as part of the famou(...)

Ireland’s Alan Browne scores the third goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Rep of Ireland 3-0 Lithuania The Republic of Ireland under-21s have taken an early lead in their Uefa Championship qualification group after t(...)

Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold, Dante and Josuha Guilavogui  react after their side lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, with Robert Lewandowski scoring five goals in nine minutes. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

One of the phrases we reach for increasingly often is football’s “bubble”. This is not in the innocent sense of West Ham and Upton Park; rather, it(...)

Steven Reid of Ireland during the Uefa Euro 2008 qualifying match between Germany and the Republic of Ireland at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium. Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

After a career spanning 17 years, encompassing 10 different operations, former Irish international Steven Reid will retire at the end of the season, o(...)

Bournemouth are promoted as Championship winners after Watford could only draw 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Derby County 0 Reading 3 Derby saw their play-off hopes crushed by out-of-form Reading who ended a run of four Championship defeats by pulling (...)