Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane: “We’re comfortable with the players we have.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

As their own problems mount, the Irish management team are unlikely to have taken too much encouragement from the news that Lukas Podolski is ruled ou(...)

German team training session at Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Lukas Podolski has been ruled out Thursday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin because of an ankle injury. The Galatasaray(...)

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman looks a major doubt for Ireland’s two European Championship qualifiers with Germany and Poland due to a hamstring strain. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Seamus Coleman’s fitness will be assessed by the FAI’s medical staff this morning before any final decision is made on his ability to play in the Euro(...)

Germany moved to the top of Euro 2016 qualification Group D after a 3-1 win over Poland in Frankfurt. Photograph: Reuters

Germany 3 Poland 1 Germany’s Mario Götze struck twice as the world champions beat rivals Poland 3-1 in an entertaining Euro 2016 qualifying enc(...)

Germany coach Joachim Loew: “We know we will meet an opponent who is dangerous and it won’t take care of itself automatically”

Germany are in the unusual position of having to challenge for their Euro 2016 qualifying group top spot, but coach Joachim Loew said he was confident(...)

Ireland’s Ronan Gormley: earned his 200th cap in Krefeld. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 2 (A Sothern 2) Germany 3 (C Ruhr, C Zeller, F Fuchs) Two goals in the closing four minutes saw Olympic champions Germany spoil Ronan Gormley’(...)

Ireland’s Six Nations decider against France in Paris was the most watched sports event on Irish television this year. Photograph: Inpho.

The power of international sport to draw big television audiences has again been demonstrated this year. The GAA’s All-Ireland finals have come in i(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: still looking to impose a discernible  system on the side. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tonight’s game is overshadowed by the lingering disappointment of Friday’s loss in Scotland. Poland’s very comfortable win in Georgia, which put them (...)

Germany cruised to a 4-0 win over Gibraltar in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Nuremberg but were left frustrated for periods

Germany 4 Gibraltar 0Germany picked up their obligatory group win over Gibraltar but the expected flurry of goals failed to arrive as they only manage(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to members of the media ahead of his side’s crucial European Championship qualifying game against Scotland in Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness this morning in Malahide with the Republic of Ireland strongly suggesting that th(...)