Republic of Ireland goalkeeper  Darren Randolph  reacts during the victory over Germany at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:   Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper had little time to think as he was pitted into action against world champions

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Shane Long strike books play-off spot with automatic qualification still on cards

Germany coach Joachim Löw looks on during a training session at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin ahead of the Euro 2016 quaifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images.

World champions can be troubled by Ireland’s team spirit, says Ireland manager

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane (left) and manager Martin O’Neil during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre on Wednesday. “We’re playing a Germany side full of players that play Champions League football, who have won the World Cup but we are going to go out there and fight,” O’Neill told reporters.  “We are going to show our own self-belief.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Everton defender ruled out through injury but expected to be available for Poland

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

Creative Norwich midfielder sits out training session at Abbotstown ahead of crunch game

Eunan O’Kane, John O’Shea and Stephen Ward during Ireland squad training  at the  FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hull player likely to line up alongside James McCarthy and Jeff Hendrick

Roy Keane has brushed away any concerns over Robbie Keane’s availability. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wes Hoolahan is Ireland’s latest injury concern ahead of crucial European qualifiers

Cyrus Christie at the Republic of Ireland squad’s training centre,  in Abbotstown, Dublin on Monday: the Derby County defender is likely to play against Germany due to Séamus Coleman’s hamstring problem. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Defender says ‘tough test’ awaits but world champions under more pressure to perform

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland manager entirely accepts midfielder’s decision to play for England

Republic of Ireland squad training at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown on Monday morning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Derby’s Cyrus Christie sat out the Irish squad’s training session with a hip injury

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny at the end of Friday night’s FAI Cup semi-final. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

‘Everyone seems to think it’s my ambition to win it and stick two fingers up at everybody’

Cork City manager John Caulfield celebrates his side’s victory over Bray Wanderers in the FAI Cup semi-final at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Double chasing Dundalk await John Caulfield’s side after they edge out Bray

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

Everton full-back failed to make the bench on Sunday due to a hamstring problem

Cork City’s Danny Morrissey and Karl Sheppard after Morrissey scored the opening goal of their FAI Cup semi-final clash with Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Danny Morrissey’s single second half strike was enough to separate the sides

Cyrus Christie, Wes Hoolahan, Stephen Ward and Harry Arter go through their paces at Republic of Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Dearth of eligible players in English Premier League puts strain on any resources

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus (right) has returned to the Germany squad following injury. Photograph: Getty Images.

Coach of world champions admits game against Republic of Ireland will not be easy

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: aiming to lead his side to a memorable double of Premier League and FAI Cup success. Photograph: ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Champions can move a step closer to FAI Cup glory with a home semi-final win

Declan Conroy, author of the SSE Airtricity League Consultation Process Report, at a media briefing  at Castleknock Hotel and Country Club. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Declan Conroy’s 75-page report has many worthy recommendations but can it all add up

One of the key planks of the Conroy report is a plan to boost attendances at Airtricity League games. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Conroy report recommends new league structure in time for the 2017 season

With most Ireland supporters having appeared to accept quite some time ago which way the wind was blowing, the reaction to the actual announcement was philosophical enough, but earlier suggestions by a minority that Grealish was in some way “a traitor” or turning his back on “ his country” were obviously fairly absurd.

Emmet Malone: We should accept decision to declare for England with good grace

Aston Villa have announced midfielder Jack Grealish has chosen to play for England over Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Announcement comes ahead of Roy Hodgson’s squad announcement on Thursday

Prolific Shelbourne forward picked up two senior international caps in 1950s

Niamh Fahey’s Chelsea can secure the  Super League title with a win over Liverpool on Sunday night. Photograph: Getty

FA Cup winners Chelsea can secure maiden Super League with a win over Liverpool

Wexford Youths lost their opening game of the current Airtricity First Division season to Cabinteely at Stradbrook in March. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Amateur status to remain even if move to top tier of Airtricity League is successful

Ciaran O’Connor can help Derry’s chances of survival and push Dundalk towards the title against Cork City on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

19-year-old striker on loan at the Brandywell and looking to dint Cork City ambitions

Carlisle United’s Irish midfielder Gary Dicker vies with Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can. Photograph: Getty Images

Carlisle United player but hopes Brendan Rodgers gets to complete Liverpool job

As a player Roy Keane came to owe Alex Ferguson a lot but there was a time when the Scot would have readily acknowledged  the scale of the repayment made. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former Manchester United manager declines to label player ‘world class’ in book

Robbie Keane of the LA Galaxy vies for the ball with Victor Cabrera of the Montreal Impact during their MLS match. Photograph: AFP Photo

Keane earns over €4m while Gerrard and Dos Santos are on €5.7m and €5.16m respectively

The Republic of Ireland’s Julie Russell tussles with Emma Koivisto and Noran Heroum of Finland during the European Championship clash at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Home side create ample chances to get something from the game

Martin O’Neill speaks to the media at FAI headquarters where he named his provisional squad for Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying ties with Germany and Poland. Photo: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Forty players named in squad for crucial games against Germany and Poland

Drogheda United manager Mark Kinsella won 48 senior international caps with the Republic of Ireland between 1998 and 2004. Photograph: Donall Framer/Inpho.

‘Anything can happen’ according to former Ireland international as his side head to Dundalk for ‘derby’ game

Seamus Coleman picked up an injury during Everton’s recent Barclay’s Premier League match with Chelsea. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Everton man is included in the 40-man selection, along with team mate Darron Gibson

Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne is confident that she can help her side to qualification for the 2017 European Championships. Donall Farmer/INPHO

Ireland women’s captain is confident that her side will qualify for 2017 tournament

Galway United’s Jake Keegan was top scorer for the club during their promotion season and has continued that good form during this campaign. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

American striker hoping to keep scoring and one day get opportunity to play in MLS

Richie Towell and Brian Gartland of Dundalk in action against Aliaksandr Karnitski of BATE Borisov in the  Champions League second qualifying round, second leg at Oriel Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fran Gavin says proposal could offer extended competition for sides knocked out in preliminary rounds

Peter Hutton has been sacked after Derry City’s defeat to Cork City in the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup at Turner’s Cross. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Assistant Paul Hegarty will take the reins at Brandywell for time being

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley is hoping to have striker Christy Fagan available for Saturday’s EA Sports Cup Final against Galway United. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

EA Cup final against Galway United on Saturday is focus for Dublin club

Seamus Coleman is a major injury doubt ahead of Martin O’Neill’s squad announcement. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill prepares to name his squad for upcoming key qualifiers next Thursday

Ireland coach Steve Walford is set to become Bolton’s assistant manager. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Neil Lennon says he’s hoping to appoint Irish man as his new assistant in the coming days

Longford manager Tony Cousins has an FAI Cup semi-final against Dundalk to look forward to. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Longford Town travel to Oriel Park to play the league leaders in the FAI Cup semi-final

Daryl Horgan celebrates opening the scoring for Dundalk in their FAI Cup quarter-final against Sligo Rovers. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The Lilywhites continued their march towards a third league and cup double

Sligo Rovers manager Micky Adams: “We can give anyone a game on our day and hopefully we’ll show that again [tonight].”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rovers face Dundalk in tonight’s cup clash having drawn at Oriel Park last week

Bray Wanderers boss Mick Cook. “You have to give them the same respect you give a Cork City when they come to play”I

Killester United head to Bray and Sheriff YC travel to Longford

Republic of Ireland  manager Martin O’Neill gestures during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Ireland manager says meeting with Germany will decide final game approach

Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Albania, Israel, Ukraine and Sweden all possible opponents for O’Neill’s side

 Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters after scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stoke player nets winner as Martin O’Neill’s side keep Euro 2016 dream alive

Seamus Coleman goeson a sprint during  Republic of Ireland squad training in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Martin O’Neill says Georgia will travel with to Dublin confidence after defeating Scotland

Seamus Coleman returned to training on Sunday morning ahead of the Georgia game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Everton righ-back took part in training having sat out Friday’s win over Gibraltar

Empoli striker Levan Mchedlidze believes Georgia’s players have greater freedom to express themselves under boss Kakhaber Tskhadadze. Photograph: Afp

Side ranked 147th in the world have shown more adventure under boss Tskhadadze

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane celebrates scoring the first of his two goals in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Gibraltar at Estadio do Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Robbie Keane scores two goals in comfortable victory over Gibraltar in Faro

Robbie Keane at the Republic of Ireland press conference on Thursday: he said Ireland must not underestimate Gibraltar. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager says his side must find way to break Gibraltar down to ensure they claim victory

Gibraltar coach Jeff Wood and captain Roy Chipolina at a press conference in Faro ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters.

‘We’re a better team now than we were then,’ says team captain Roy Chipolina

Roy Keane: The one thing we won’t do is take our eye off the ball in terms of training or think we can just turn up and win.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Assistant-manager says Gibraltar capable of causing the Republic problems

Kevin Doyle goes through the paces during training in Abbotstown on Wednesday: the player said he is looking  forward to showing Martin O’Neill what he can do if he is given the chance. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Colorado Rapids player wants to add to his 61 appearances for the national team

Roy Keane has confirmed Everton’s James McCarthy has taken full part in training ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar. Photograph: Inpho

‘If you’re playing in the middle of the park, you should be getting knocks every week’

Robbie Brady sought move away  from Hull after the club’s relegation. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland international admits he has matured lot since arriving at Old Trafford as teenager

Everton midfielder James McCarthy at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at  Abbotstown. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Derby County midfielder’s ankle injury will be monitored over the coming days

Jon Walters sent out a joke tweet to inform Louis van Gaal that no helicopter would be needed as he wouldn’t be leaving Stoke after all. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Ireland international had been linked with move to Norwich, West Brom or Leicester

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane watch Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jon Walters fails to report for duty with move away from Stoke City in pipeline

Darren Randolph during  Republic of Ireland training at  Abbotstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Bray man hoping his early-season form for West Ham will see him play against Gibraltar

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane look on during training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill happy with first session but Stoke City striker only unexpected absentee

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill may be considering Darren Randolph in goal for the upcoming Gibraltar match. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

West Ham goalkeeper started in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Liverpool in Anfield

Mark Kinsella: will face the task of trying to halt Drogheda United’s alarming slump. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder in charge until the end of the season

Richie Towell of Dundalk celebrates scoring his side’s equaliser in injury time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

League leaders strike late on to deny Dalymount side

The three nominees for Uefa’s Best Player award  2015, runner-up Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, winner Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Barcelona star sweeps to ‘Best Player’ award with 49 of the 54 votes cast

Keith Treacy has joined Drogheda United. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Capped six times, he has been without a club since Barnsley terminated his contract

John Caulfield’s Cork City side will play Derry away in the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup. Photograph: Inpho

John Caulfield’s side beat St Pat’s to reach the quarter-finals despite a poor run in league

 Bohemians’ Dave Mulcahy tussles with Bray Wanderers’ Michael Barker during the FAI clash at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Visitors grab only goal of the game at Dalymount to reach the last eight

Republic of Ireland striker Jon Walters has just one year left on Stoke contract. Photograph: PA.

Improved offer may see transfer go through as Xheridan Shaqiri makes presence felt

Cork City’s Alan Bennett: “We have the perfect opportunity now to put it all behind us, to get a good result against St Pat’s.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

St Pat’s visit in the FAI Cup now a huge game as City bid to keep season alive

Derry City manager Peter Hutton has a depleted squad for Friday’s FAI Cup game against Drogheda United. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Big fish and small fry target cup quarter-final place

Martin O’Neill seemed exasperated over the fitness of Everton’s Aiden McGeady. Photograph: Inpho

Manager, who told the winger to get fully fit, says players must take responsibility

Martin O’Neill says talks with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish were fruitful. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland manager met with teenager 10 days ago in effort to encourage him to declare for team

Bournemouth’s Eunan O’Kane has been named in martin O’Neill’s provisional 37-man squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Photograph: PA

Many of the players named in provisional 37-man squad aren’t starting for their clubs

Damien Duff packed a fair bit into his few minutes on the pitch, even producing a trick or two. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland star impresses despite only coming on in the 90th minute

Damien Duff: “I feel good in training but I’ve trained only three times in seven months which is a bit risky so we’ll leave it to the manager and see how it goes.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Ireland player hopes to come on for Shamrock Rovers when they play Cork City

Damien Duff could make his Shamrock Rovers debut in Monday’s Airtricity League game against Cork City in Tallaght. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland winger was on bench for win over Longford Town

Ismahil Akinade opened the scoring for Bohemians as they eased past Galway at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Inpho

Keith Long’s side scord twice inside 26 minutes to set up comprehensive win

A late title charge on the cards for Liam Buckley’s side with champions awaiting

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

City manager not taking anything for granted at Turner’s Cross

Former Irish international Keith Fahey has been forced to retire at 32-years-of-age. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Irish international has struggled with a hip and knee complaint with Shamrock Rovers

Manchester United’s new signing Memphis Depay: “He plays his best football from the left,” says Ruud Gullit, “and now he’s behind the striker. If you want to get the best out of him, play him in his best position.” Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters.

‘The honeymoon is over’ at Manchester United for fellow Dutchman van Gaal

UCD’s Ryan Swan has been named the League of Ireland player of the month for July. Photograph: Sportsfile

19-year-old striker scored three times for The Students in the Europa League qualifiers

Chris Coleman says Wales are starting to face expectations, but each game ‘will be about those 90 minutes’. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Welsh manager praises the experience within the Irish team over past 20 years

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three of first four matches away from home, two against key rivals Serbia and Austria

Austria’s David Alaba caused the Republic of Ireland all sorts of problems during the the World Cup 2014 qualification match at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Photograph: Christian Hofer/Getty Images.

Moldova are the only side Ireland are yet to play and will be somewhat of an unknown quantity

Former Russian international Alexander Kerzhakov draws out the  Republic of Ireland during the European zone draw for the 2018 World Cup. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Team faces trips to play Serbia, Moldova and Austria in run up to Christmas next year

Martin O’Neill has said he is pleased with ireland’s World Cup 2018 qualification group. Photograph: Reuters

Wales, Austria and Serbia offer the main threat to qualification hopes in Group D

 Aleksandr Kerzhakov draws Ireland in World Cup qualification Group D. Photograph: Reuters

Martin O’Neill’s side will face Wales, Austria, Serbia, Georgia and Moldova in Group D

The preliminary draw for  the World Cup qualifiers will take place in St Petersburg on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

Position as fourth-tier nation looks likely to place boys in green in with top men of Europe

Preparations for the preliminary draw for 2018. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Post-Sepp Blatt planning continues, but not one major deal has been signed

Action from the first leg of the Uefa Europa League second qualifying round first leg at Stadion Pasienky in Bratislava. Photograph: Robert Tappert/Inpho/Sita

Students face Slovan Bratislava at Belfield after tight 1-0 defeat in Slovakia

Dundalk’s Richie Towell reacts after he conceded a late free against BATE Borisov in the Uefa Champions League second qualifying round second leg at  Oriel Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Belarus side let their European experience show at Oriel Park

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “We’re looking to absolutely outplay them at home. That’s our ambition.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dundalk manager believes his side can put on a fitting show for a packed Oriel Park

John Delaney and FAI executives at the FAI agm in Sligo.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Director of finance suggests debt-free days still some way off for association

FAI cheif executive John Delaney addressed the organisation’s 89 delegates at the AGM this afternoon. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Chief executive John Delaney made his speech at the organisation’s AGM today

Martin O’Neill will travel to St Petersburg for the World Cup draw. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager confirms he was approached by old club Leicester

John Delaney’s general avoidance of journalists whose job it is to cover football does not inspire much confidence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI chief lectures on transparency but his tenure is betrayed by a glaring lack of it

Holders St Pat’s play Cork City in the FAI Cup third round. Photograph: Inpho

Tolka Rovers and Killester United tie ensures non-league representation in last eight

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