The Irish management team look on during the second leg of the Republic's playoff against Denmark. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Neither the manager nor the association is likely to envisage a more attractive option

FAI chief executive John Delaney  at the Ireland-Denmark game. The association would have been guaranteed about €6.8 million in prize money for participating at the tournament. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Huge blow for association battling to clear its debt from construction of Aviva Stadium

Denmark’s Thomas Delaney celebrates at the end of the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Danish midfielder said there was much more space in the midfield for his side to work the ball

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen scores their fourth goal to complete his hat-trick. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Danish playmaker scores hat-trick in comprehensive playoff victory

David Meyler: “We’re not going to lie openly and let Denmark roll us over.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Midfielder says his side ‘will do everything within our power to make sure we qualify’

Martin O’Neill has suggested Ireland will need two goals in order to qualify for the World Cup. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

But Danes will fancy their chances of picking Irish lock if home side takes initiative

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane at the team’s training grounds. O’Neill said Denmark have the players to exploit space. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager says side will have to overcome the problem that they lack a natural goalscorer

 Martin O’Neill says his Ireland team are ready for Tuesday’s playoff against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill expressed support for Liam Miller who is battling pancreatic cancer

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph with kit man Dick Redmond after Saturday’s World Cup first-leg play-off against Denmark at Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The 30-year-old goalie from Bray was central to O’Neill’s men holding Denmark at bay

Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen and Ireland’s Stephen Ward vie for the ball in Saturday’s World Cup first leg play-off at Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: Lars Moeller/Reuters

Danes denied the comfort of a home goal as dogged Ireland team spoil the play-off party

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Duffy during the World Cup qualifying play-off first leg match at the Parken Stadium, Copenhagen. Photograph: PA

‘I can’t wait now to get back to the Aviva and have the place rocking. Bring it on’

  Harry Arter: “In an ideal world, you want to score an away goal, but to come over here and keep them at bay was a good effort.”

“It was about coming out here and getting the right result no matter how we played”

 Darren Randolph of the Republic of Ireland makes a save against Denmark.  Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

All to play for in second leg as Denmark held to scoreless draw in Copenhagen

Glenn Whelan and Jeff Hendrick training with the Republic of Ireland squad at Parken stadium in Copenhagen on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s men need to produce some magic in Copenhagen to deny the Danish

FAI chief executive John Delaney: staff members are angry at what they see is a firm promise of pay restoration being broken. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Delaney told staff salary cuts of 10% in 2012 would be reversed within 18 months

Martin O’Neill has confirmed Jeff Hendrick is fit for Saturday’s playoff clash with Denmark. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Ireland manager urges his side to ‘go again’ in Saturday night’s playoff first leg

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen at  a press conference at the Telia Parken Stadion in Copenhagen. Photograph: Anders Kjaerbye/AFP/Getty Images

Danish coach not expecting anything new from Ireland in playoffs

Around 2,400 Irish supporters will be in the away end at the Parken stadium for Saturday’s World Cup playoff against Denmark. Photograph: Lars Ronbog/Sportsagency/Lars Ronbog

Irsk? Mig? Aldrig! - Three words you might need in Copenhagen on Saturday night

David Meyler and Shane Duffy (centre) of the Republic of Ireland squad training at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Containing Christian Eriksen is a priority for Ireland, and Duffy may keep the Danes at bay

Cork City’s Sean Maguire was among the three players from his side to make the PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Just three Cork players make team compared with four from Stephen Kenny’s side

The Ireland squad in training on Wednesday ahead of the World Cup playoffs with Denmark. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Bournemouth midfielder has played against the Dane on a number of ocassions before

Only a small fraction of Irish fans travelling to Copenhagen for Ireland’s World Cup playoffs will actually be in the ground. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tickets bought for sections reserved for Danish supporters not mailed to Ireland

Derry’s Barry McNamee has joined Cork City. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Midfielder joins champions after scoring 10 league goals during 2017 campaign

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks at a press conference on Tuesday: “If players don’t know by now how big the game is, we’re all in trouble.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland assistant says he would say ‘f**k-all’ to former teammate if he came across him

Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Noel King: “Nobody is in any doubt about the enormity of the challenge we face.” Photograph: Inpho

Manager makes just one change for European championship qualifier in Norway

Age Hareide and Christian Eriksen celebrate after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Denmark and Kazakhstan at Telia Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images

Danish newspaper has suggested that Eriksen is worth more than the full Ireland team

Cork City’s Greg Bolger and Karl Sheppard celebrate winning the league. Photo: Inpho

Sheppard re-signs for double winners despite widely being expected to join Dundalk

The Republic of Ireland squad during a training session at the FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown. Ireland take on Denmark in the first leg of their World Cup playoff in Copenhagen this Saturday. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Because it’s Tuesday I’m personally not over-worried,’ said Roy Keane when asked

FAI Cup: Cork City’s Alan Bennett lifts the trophy after their penalty shoot-out against Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

McNulty’s save from Duffy defining moment of penalty shootout that decided FAI Cup

Cork City’s Alan Bennett lifts the FAI Cup triphy after the penalty shoot-out victory over Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John Caulfield’s side fight back from going behind to win on penalties

Alan Bennett: “I know I’m probably blowing a horn for Cork City now but I honestly think we’re a little bit different down here in how the club is run and just the county we’re in.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Having returned from England, veteran stresses importance of developing Cork’s future

 Denmark manager Age Hareide during a friendly against Germany in June. He points to the match as a turning point. Photograph:  Getty Images

Denmark manager believes the way to play football is to attack teams and score goals

Cork City manager John Caulfield lifts the trophy after City’s SSE Airtricity League Premiership Division win over Bray Wanderers in October. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Managers Stephen Kenny and John Caulfield go head-to-head at third successive cup final

Top scorer Clare Shine will be back for Cork City’s pivotal weekend clashes. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We will be quietly confident going into the match against UCD, says Ciara McNamara

“Both teams will be as hungry as each other, it’s just who performs better on the day,” said Dundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell in reference to his side’s FAI Cup final against Cork City. Photograph:  Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Preston star was ‘league’s best striker in last 20 years’, says captain ahead of cup final

Only a small fraction of Irish fans travelling to Copenhagen for Ireland’s World Cup playoffs will actually be in the ground. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Supporters were required to have attended the last six away games to be eligible

Mark McNulty jumps into the crowd at the shed end to celebrate Cork City’s league triumph. Photograph: Inpho

Dundalk manager also alluded to incident involving McNulty after last year's cup final

 Riza Durmisi in action for Denmark against Bulgaria last year. Photograph: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Nicolai Jorgensen returns for Ireland playoff having missed the last two group games

Cork City manager John Caulfield celebrates title triumph. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champions seek way to offset potential loss of number of players from their squad

 Martin O’Neill: victory over Denmark for his Republic of Ireland side could prove  very lucrative for the FAI. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Tickets for Ireland playoff games go for multiple of face value on ‘secondary’ websites

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney pictured at the FAI Football For All Strategic Plan Launch. The organisation will receive over €7 million should Ireland beat Denmark and reach the World Cup. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Fifa increased the total prize money for Russia by 12 per cent at a meeting on Friday

Tickets for Ireland’s World Cup playoff second leg encounter with Denmark are selling for up to €550 on secondary ticket websites. Photo: Inpho

FAI have insisted that they operate a ‘zero tolerance policy’ when it comes to touting

Christian Eriksen: “You have to get close enough to him so that he’s not running the show,” says Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Tottenham midfielder ‘in that little group that includes Hazard, Suarez, Neymar’

Ireland midfielder James McCarthy in World Cup qualifier against Moldova last year: player has been named in Martin O’Neill’s    preliminary squad for next month’s  play-off against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager says Keane will continue in his role for Euro 2020 qualifying campaign

James McCarthy looks set to be fit for Ireland’s World Cup playoff with Denmark after returning to first team action with Everton on Wednesday night. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill also said that Seamus Coleman could be back in action in December

Cork City celebrate a draw with Derry City which secured them the league title. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Caulfield’s side limped over the line and need to get recruitment right for next year

Ian Bermingham celebrates scoring St Pat’s third against Cork City. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions go two goals up before hosts rally and take a thriller at Richmond Park

St Patrick’s manager Liam Buckley says he is unconcerned about what team Cork City put out on Friday night. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Three games in the Premier Division will have a significant bearing on relegation fight

 Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen:  manager Age Hareide has tailored his tactics to suit the 25-year-old. Photograph:  Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

With eight goals in 10 qualifying games, the great Dane has been key to side’s success

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane at Fifa headquarters, in Zurich, Switzerland, for the play-off draw. Photograph:  Andy Mueller/Inpho

Managers’ interesting history makes their World Cup playoff clash all the more exciting

Seán Maguire’s goals helped Cork City to claim the Airtricity League Premier Division title despite the striker leaving to join Preston North End. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Scoreless draw with Derry finally gets the job done for John Caulfield’s side

The results of the Fifa football World Cup 2018 European play-off draw is displayed on the big screen in Zurich. Photograph:	Getty Images

Northern Ireland drawn against Switzerland with first leg in Belfast

Hurricane Ophelia winds damaged the roof of a stand at Cork City’s Turner’s Cross ground. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Potential league decider gets go-ahead despite damage to stand from Hurricane Ophelia

The teams line up for the anthem ahead of the Wales v Republic of Ireland qualifier at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

World Cup playoff draw: Seeded teams won’t be daunted by trip to Dublin but they would be wary

Brighton’s Shane Duffy grimaces as he receives treatment on the pitch before being substituted during the Premier League match against Everton. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Shane Duffy has undergone a scan for a groin injury suffered on Saturday

Cork will have to wait a further 24 hours to get yet another chance to wrap up the league title. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Measure has been taken to ensure safety ahead of predicted worst storm in 50 years

John Caulfied saw his Cork City side miss out on another chance to be crowned  champions after a 0-0 draw at Bohemians. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goalless draw at a filthy Dalymount Park not enough after Dundalk sink Bray at the death

Brandon Miele of Shamrock Rovers with his SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for September.   Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Bohemians boss Keith Long says his team has ‘nothing to fear’ from John Caulfield’s side

Republic of Ireland fans celebrate victory after the group D World Cup qualifying football match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

Advance sales of tickets for the home game will open for season ticket and premium seat holders next Wednesday

 Republic of Ireland  manager Martin O’Neill and Shane Duffy celebrate after the win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

McClean and Duffy lead those who have handsomely repaid the manager’s faith

Republic of Ireland captain David Meyler challenges Wales’ goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey during the World Cup qualifier at  Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish skipper praises collective effort in claiming World Cup playoff slot

 James McClean (second from right) celebrates scoring his goal with his Republic of Ireland  team-mates  during the  World Cup qualifier against Wales at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

West Brom ace comes up with goal that breaks Welsh hearts and keeps World Cup dream alive

 Shane Long rues a missed chance against Moldova at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The striker has not found the net for club or country since last scoring in February

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during training ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Recent form suggests Chris Coleman and Wales have the greater cause for confidence

Ireland’s Daryl Murphy celebrates scoring his first goal. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Martin O’Neill’s side now head to Cardiff and a Group D showdown with Wales

John Caulfield celebrates Cork’s win over Limerick in the FAI Cup semi-final.   The City manager  could be celebrating a thoroughly deserved title win this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Anything less than a victory for champions will see Cork City finally clinch the title

 Dundalk’s Conor Clifford  will not be available to play again until April 2nd. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk mildfielder admitted 112 breaches while in England

Ireland arrive for training on Friday ahead of their crucial double header against Moldova and Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s contract extended for two years, but focus is on crucial Moldova match

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is still confident Ireland can qualify for the World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

O’Neill gave impression that a deal will be done regardless of World Cup qualification

Daryl Horgan: “The manager  has done it before, put in players who hadn’t played, and I will be ready to play if it comes.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

But Martin O’Neill may look to rejuvenated McGeady to unlock Moldovan defence

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  watches over training in Abbotstown ahead of the final two World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s side can only focus on Moldova and Wales but the permutations are myriad

Daryl Horgan shares a joke with  Aiden McGeady during Ireland training at Abbotstown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Winger admits limited opportunities at Preston could hinder Irish chances

Wales manager Chris Coleman watches on during a training session at the Vale Resort, Hensol. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Real Madrid star’s injury causes concern in Wales but Roy Keane plays down significance

Sean Maguire and Scott Hogan during Ireland training on Tuesday ahead of the final two World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Wales. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Meanwhile, Roy Keane took yet another swipe at Everton and their team of ‘scientists’

Roy Keane says that Ireland are focused only on Friday’s match against Moldova. Photograph: Inpho

Wales will be without their talisman for their final two qualifiers including Ireland game

Republic of Ireland manager with Everton midfielder James McCarthy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager does not rule out calling upon James McCarthy’s services for vital qualifiers

 David Meyler of Hull City scores from the penalty spot against Birmingham City.  Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Hull midfielder has 250,000 people following him on YouTube to watch Fifa 18 exploits

 James McCarthy took a full part in training on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both midfielders remain in contention for World Cup qualifiers

Dundalk defender Niclas Vemmelund and Shamrock Rovers’s Gary Shaw in action during last night’s FAI Cup semi-final at Oriel Park. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Rovers show true determination to end their 30-year run without an FAI Cup success

Dundalk’s Niclas Vemmelund and Trevor Clarke of Shamrock Rovers in action in Sunday’s semi-final. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s side had better of first half but Rovers steadily fought their way back

 Jeff Hendrick celebrates scoring with Irish teammate Stephen Ward. Photograph: Reuters

James McCarthy’s availability looks unlikely as David McGoldrick is another injury doubt

Stephen Bradley: “The last one was a close game until Aaron Bolger’s sending-off.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Despite EA Sports defeat, Rovers manager is adamant his side can triumph this weekend

Shamrock Rovers Trevor Clarke has also been included in the squad. Photo: Inpho

The pair have been included in the Ireland under-21 squad to take on Norway and Israel

Harry Arter has emerged as a doubt for Ireland’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales. Photo: Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Bournemouth midfielder has been ruled out of this weekend’s clash with Leicester

Karl Sheppard challenges Dundalk’s Dylan Connolly in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Turner’s Cross where he say they produced a ‘typical Cork City performance’. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Karl Sheppard says performance against Dundalk was good preparation for Limerick

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane shakes hands with Gareth Bale after he was substituted off in their Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund. Photo: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

The winger is having tests after limping off in Real Madrid’s win over Borussia Dortmund

 FAI Chief Executive John Delaney says that Ireland 140 million people will be watching the 2020 European Championships draw live. Photograph: Sportsfile

Dublin to host draw for qualifying stages of 2020 European Championships in December

A crowd of 7,000 packed Turner’s Cross for Monday night’s Premier Division clash between  Cork City  and Dundalk. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Uefa flash the cash to sugar-coat changes to Champions League and Europa League competitions

Jonathan Walters is out of Ireland’s final two World Cup qualifiers due to injury. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA

Scott Hogan among Martin O’Neill’s provisional squad for meetings with Moldova and Wales

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the squad announcement at Aviva HQ in Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jon Walters set to miss games against Moldova and Wales due to knee injury

Dundalk’s Seán Hoare celebrates Robbie Benson’s late goal in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Turner’s Cross. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John Caulfield’s side need two points from their final four games after draw

Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan could be named in the Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales. Photograph:  Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

Aston Villa striker missed out on September’s games as he had yet to obtain Irish passport

Members of the Denver Broncos kneel during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Photograph:  Mark Konezny/USA Today

US president touched a raw nerve with his attacks on NFL and popular basketball stars

John Caulfield: “You have to go the whole way, get over the line and get your hands on the trophy.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Victory over the reigning champions Dundalk would be enough to clinch title

John Caulfield: Cork City manager will be hoping his side take a giant step towards the title – and perhaps win it – by defeating Limerick. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Crucial night at both ends of the table in the Premier Division of the Airtricity League

Club issued scathing response to bans handed out for alleged match fixing

Republic of Ireland midfielder Eunan O’Kane has played a key role in Leeds United’s fine start to the season in the Championship. Photograph:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Young defender Conor Shaughnessy another to impress at Elland Road

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is unlikely to be fit for the Republic of Ireland’s  final two World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says midfielder still ‘struggling with his fitness’

Athlone Town forward Jason Lyons has been handed  a seven-match ban   after being found guilty of betting offences. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Offences unrelated to game that saw two players banned for a year

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Inpho

It remains to be seen if the FAI chief executive can be a real force for change

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