England and Australia clash at Twickenham Stadium last November: 650,000 people applied for tickets to the pool game between the two sides at next year’s World Cup. Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty.

A record 950,000 tickets were allocated in the September general sale for next year’s Rugby World Cup in England. The number of applications from Ire(...)

IJack Grealish celebrates scoring Ireland under-21’s third goal against the  Faroe Islands in a European Championships qualifying group game  last November.    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having acceded to Jack Grealish’s request to sideline his international future, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will unlikely be able to ca(...)

Roy Hodgson with England and Liverpool prodigy Raheem Sterling: “We did some good things but . . . we have to be a lot better.” Photograph: PA

In the next couple of weeks a delegation from the Football Association will set off on a tour of some of the picture-postcard settings of the Cote (...)

 England manager Roy Hodgson leads a training session at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, yesterday. Photograph: Walter Bieri/EPA

England manager Roy Hodgson said yesterday he would have liked today’s opening European Championship Group E fixture away to Switzerland – the team he(...)

Ireland need all the variables to fall inther favour at Stade Jean Bouin this evening. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

If you don’t believe in the prowess of Fiona Coghlan’s band of sisters by now, you never will. Ireland can win this evening, they really can, but t(...)

Maggie Alphonsi (centre) of England taking on Karen Paquin of Canada during the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

England and Canada playing out a 12-12 draw in a last pool game on Saturday was convenient as it took The Black Ferns out of the tournament.France we(...)

Raheny United striker Katie McCabe (right) is is quietly confident the Ireland women’s U19 side can get the better of England in tonight’s European Championship game in Oslo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having opened their campaign by beating one of the pre-tournament favourites on Tuesday, Republic of Ireland striker Katie McCabe believes another vic(...)

England fans   at Estadio Mineirao  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

An England fan had a portion of his ear bitten off by another after the national side’s World Cup game against Uruguay. The man was left with half h(...)

Frank Lampard  acknowledges the England fans after their 0-0 draw with Costa Rica. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

It was one of those days when the photographers look to get someone walking out under an exit sign; the manager is usually the most obvious target but(...)

England’s Daniel Sturridge watches his shot go wide in the second half against Costa Rica. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

England 0 Costa Rica 0 It’s unclear whether it’s what they meant when the England players talked on Monday about restoring some pride but the word fil(...)