Joshua King celebrates scoring his third and Blackburn’s fourth during their 4-1 FA Cup fifth round rout of Stoke City. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

Blackburn Rovers 4 Stoke City 1Ten-man Stoke suffered FA Cup embarrassment at Ewood Park as they were torn apart 4-1 by a second-string Blackburn side(...)

Rudy Gestede is mobbed by his Blackburn Rovers team mates after he scored his side’s second at Ewood Park.(Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

If this was Rudy Gestede’s parting act as a Blackburn Rovers player, it was a fitting way to bid farewell. The giant forward’s aerial menace and uncom(...)

Jonathan Walters celebrates with Bojan scoring the winning goal against Arsenal last weeklend. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters.

There are those who believe Metallica wrote a song about Jonathan Walters’s Premier League career. At several points over the years even some Stoke(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan grimaces in pain after fracturing a leg in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will give midfielder Glenn Whelan every chance to make his final squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against (...)

The two playmakers of El Clasico, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of Barcelona, will be the focus of fans at the Bernabeu. Photograph: Getty Images.

One of the cliches first: a country will come to a standstill tonight. Real Madrid versus Barcelona stops Spain. According to legend, and a fair am(...)

Scotland’s Grant Hanley (right) is out of the game against Poland. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Grant Hanley has withdrawn from the Scotland squad for the 2016 European Championship qualifier against Poland tomorrow night, the Scottish FA have c(...)

Sam Byrne scoring for the Under-19s against Iceland last May. The Everton striker will make his Under-21 debut against Norway. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Brian Lenihan’s surprise promotion to the senior squad will act as an inspiration to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side that faces Norway in this e(...)

Brian Lenihan (right) has been called up to the senior Ireland squad after just 45 minutes with the under-21s. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Brian Lenihan’s surprise elevation to the senior squad will act as an inspiration to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side that faces Norway Thursday(...)

Martin O’Neill: “I am looking forward to meeting up with the squad in two weeks-time and preparing for two very important matches.”

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named a 37-man provisional squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualification matches against Gibraltar (...)

Possible Republic of Ireland full-international Jack Grealish celebrates scoring for the country’s Under-21s against the Faroe Islands Under-21s   at the Showgrounds in Sligo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While the focus may all be on Jack Grealish in the Republic of Ireland’s concluding Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifier against Germany in Halle toda(...)