The Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long evades the challeneg of Saad Al-Mukhaini  of Oman during the international Friendly at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Shane Long pleased to see Kevin Doyle back among the goals

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the offical  announcement of his 36-man squad for the upcoming games against Oman and Georgia. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

36 named in Republic of Ireland squad but there’s room for more

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will announce his squad for Oman and Georgia on Thursday morning.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Jack Grealish may earn an early call-up ahead of Oman friendly and Georgia qualifier

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp and Richard Dunne at yesterday’s press conference at Carton House. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘He’s a quiet lad, he hasn’t got a big mouth. He just gets on with the job and heads the ball'

 Ireland’s Conor McGregor with Diego Brandao of Brazil at the UFC Fight Night Dublin in the 02. Photograph: ©INPHO/Rodrigo Romos

How did UFC become such a hugely popular sport in just two decades?

Ireland’s Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao of Brazil do battle at the UFC fight night on Saturday at the O2 in Dublin. Photograph: Rodrigo Romos/Inpho

The Dublin fighter is the big noise in what is the ultimate in crowd collaboration

Dublin’s Conor McGregor at the weigh-in for his fight with Diego Brandaoat the O2 Arena. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Dubliner back in his hometown and back in the ring for first time since August injury

Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal leads his team’s training session in Lagos, Portugal, last month.  Photograph: Koen van Weel  / EPA

The Dutch have a painful past in the World Cup, having lost three finals

Japan players huddle during a send-off ceremony for the World Cup  in Tokyo on May 25th.  Photograph: Toru Hanai / Reuters

It was a disappointing debut at France ‘98, with three defeats, but there has been progress since

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