Cork City Manager John Caulfield can guide his team back to the top of the league. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Home side will be looking to recover momentum and consolidate third place

Arsenal players celebrate after  after Alex Iwobi scored the winning penalty  against Chelsea in  the International Champions Cup game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Lacazette’s late goal sees Arsenal go on to beat Chelsea in penalty shoot-out

Unai Emery: the new Arsenal coach could give debuts to Lucas Torreira and Stephan Lichtsteiner.  Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Both teams under new managers as they prepare for Premier League campaign

 FAI chief John Delaney.  Switching its debt from KKR to Bank of Ireland helped  reduce the FAI’s  interest payments from €4.25m in 2016 to €1.6m   last year.   Photograph:   David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

FAI boss declines to say if clearing debt would require upfront use of funds from long-term sponsorship deals

Dundalk’s Dylan Connolly and AEK Larnaca’s Thomas Ioannou  battle for the ball during the  Europa League second qualifying round, first leg match at Oriel Park. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stephen Kenny’s side head to Cyprus with ‘everything to play for’ next week

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness: “If you strip it all back to the bone, they are trying to cripple us financially and stop us from striking.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI official says it is satisfied with Bray and Limerick's assurances commitments will be met

Fifa president Gianni Infantino, president of Russia Vladimir Putin and president of France Emmanuel Macron during the presentation after the final. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Ordinary Russians will foot the bill for years to come, in a tournament where resources told

France’s coach Didier Deschamps celebrates with his son Dylan after the World Cup final win over Croatia. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Coach pays tribute to the ability and dedication of his young world-beaters

Olivier Giroud lifts the World Cup trophy as thre french players celebrate their World Cup final win over Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Didier Deschamps adds coaching honours after lifting trophy on home soil in 1998

Croatia’s star midfielder Luka Modric   finds himself carrying the hopes and expectations of a united nation on his shoulders. Photograph:  Getty Images

Underdogs face ultimate test in World Cup final against formidable French side

Kylian Mbappé: faster than Ronaldo? Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Deschamps says the teen’s performances at the World Cup merely highlight his potential

Croatia’s Luka Modric and manager Zlatko Dalic celebrate after their 2018 World Cup semi-final win over England in Moscow. Photo: Mladen Antonov/Getty Images

‘The future world champions’ have enjoyed a remarkable run under manager Zlatko Dalic

England manager Gareth Southgate hugs England skipper Harry Kane after the World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia in Moscow. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

England boss believes lack of experience of making big decisions proved costly

 Mario Mandzukic scores Croatia’s second in extra time of the World Cup semi-final against England at the  Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Inpho

Gareth Southgate’s side fade in the second half after Kieran Trippier’s stunning free-kick

England’s Raheem Sterling during training ahead of their 2018 World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia in Moscow. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

Gareth Southgate has a fully fit squad to choose from for their semi-final with Croatia

Samuel Umtiti of France scores during their 2018 World Cup semi-final clash with Belgium in St Petersburg. Photo: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

In a tight affair in St Petersburg Didier Deschamps's side did just enough against Belgium

 The central railway station in  Samara. My train from Samara to Kazan  was old and a little ramshackle, though clean and much more comfortable than I had expected.  Photograph: Getty Images

Mammoth train journey is an odd experience but most Russians take it in their stride

Belgium’s assistant coach Thierry Henry at Monday’s training session. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Preview: Belgium boss Roberto Martinez capable of scoring with clever tactical moves

 England’s Dele Alli  scores his side’s second goal during  the 2-0 victory over Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final in Samara. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Southgate’s side already in bonus territory as semi-final clash with Croatia looms large

  Fans celebrate after England scored their second goal in the World Cup quarter-final against Sweden at  Croydon Boxpark  in London. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Croatia stand in the way of a place in the World Cup Final

Gareth Southgate: “This is a young team but I think that it is maturing before our eyes. We have more, bigger games to come but they are going to get better.”

England manager believes his young team can improve further in semi-finals

England’s Harry Maguire scores from a corner in the first half. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Gareth Southgate’s side reach first semi-final since 1990 with 2-0 win over Sweden

Croatia’s Luka Modric, a product of Dinamo Zagreb, in action against Denmark during the last 16 match  the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Thirteen of the 22 players in the national squad have been associated with the Zagreb club

Eden Hazard celebrates Belgium’s 2-1 win over Brazil in Kazan. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

Roberto Martinez’s side deliver fine counter-attacking display to reach last-four

Brazil’s Neymar celebrates on the shoulders of midfielder Paulinho after scoring against Mexico. Brazilian manager Tite insists the PSG man has been putting in a bit of a shift on the defensive side of things. Photograph: Getty Images

Brazilian manager points to defensive organisation so ‘inspiration’ can take over in final third

England manager Gareth Southgate: rival teams see no reason to be afraid of his side. photographs:  lee smith/reuters

Gareth Southgate’s team are doing well, but should be careful about raising the bar

Emil Forsberg of Sweden scores his team’s first goal past goalkeeper Yann Sommer of Switzerland during the World Cup  Round of 16 match  at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Emil Forsberg’s deflected shot enough for Scandinavian side in St Petersburg

A taxi driver waits for customers in Saint Petersburg. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty

Inexpensive they may be but nation’s taxi service can take a bit of getting used to

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic gestures during a training session at the Saint Petersburg Stadium  on the eve of the  World Cup round of 16 match against Sweden. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden stand in the way of World cup quarter-final slot

Kylian Mbappe   scores to put France 3-2 ahead during the last 16 victory over Argentina in Kazan. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Nineteen-year-old’s spectacular display helps France seal a quarter-final place

 France’s midfielder Paul Pogba heads the ball with Argentina defenders Nicolas Otamendi  and  Nicolas Tagliafico during the  World Cup round of 16 match at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Coach hints at staying in job for rebuilding job after exit to France

 France forward Kylian Mbappe  celebrates with team-mate  Antoine Griezmann after scoring their fourth goal  in the round of 16 World Cup clash against Argentina  at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Teenage striker scores two as France win seven-goal thriller in Kazan

 Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrates scoring France’s winner against Peru with Anoine Griezmann.  France have managed just three goals to date – fewer than any other group winners. Photograph: Anne-Christine/AFP/Getty

Argentina have been distinctly underwhelming – but they still have Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi: Wonderful goal against Nigeria showed Argentina’s star is still capable of delivering the goods on the biggest stage. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

But axe is about to fall on two from Argentina, Uruguay, Portugal and France

Thomas Mueller of Germany stands dejected after their 2018 World Cup Group F loss to South Korea in Kazan. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Manager’s future is already being questioned while the players had few answers after loss

Germany’s Julian Brandt and Thomas Muller look dejected as South Korea players celebrate on the pitch after their 2018 World Cup Group F win. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

It’s the first time since 1938 that Germany have gone out at the first stage of the finals

Joachim Löw: under his stewardship Germany  have had the odd scare before but ultimately always made it to at least the semi-final stage of the World Cup. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Coach Löw likely to stick with tried and trusted for crucial South Korea clash in Kazan

The big screen inside the stadium displays a VAR penalty review during the  Group A match between Saudia Arabia and Egypt at Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

System has corrected a couple of potentially costly, even group-altering errors

Didier Deschamps: manager insisted at his press pre-match conference that “there is no ambiguity here, we want to win and the players must do everything in their power to achieve this”.  Abedin Taherkenarech/EPA

Victory or a draw against Denmark will be enough to see France top the group

A Japanese fan walks in the streets of Yekaterinburg on Sunday. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Celebrations at hosts advancing subsides on 77th anniversary of Great Patriotic War

 Radamel Falcao of Colombia celebrates with teammate James Rodriguez after scoring at Kazan Arena. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

James Rodriguez returns as South Americans kickstart their World Cup with convincing win

Colombia’s James Rodriguez is expected to start at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Getty Images

James Rodriguez starting may make Colombia feel like they’re playing with 12

Gareth Southgate leads an England training session ahead of Sunday’s clash with Panama. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty

England boss questions nation’s media after apparent XI for second game is circulated

Spain’s Diego Costa  celebrating with team mate Isco after scoring  against  Iran  at Kazan Arena. Photograph:    Francois Nel/Getty Images

Former champions need only a draw against Morocco to be sure of place in the last 16

 Kylian Mbappe celebrates his winner against Peru with Antoine Griezmann. Catherine Ivill/Getty

Los Incas supporters take over Yekaterinburg but Kylian Mbappé ends their dream

France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during  a press conference at the Ekaterinburg Arena on the eve of the  game against Peru.  Photograph: Getty Images

French captain believes Peru are a quality team that are difficult to play against

Tourism has been vital to Sochi for more than 100 years. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The Black Sea resort - where Stalin owned a villa - is crumbling around the edges

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku scores their third goal during the  World Cup  Group G game against  Panama at the  Fisht Stadium in  Sochi. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Manchester United striker scores two after stunning Dries Mertens volley

The Panama players train at the Olympic Park Arena in Sochi on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Panama travelled to World Cup more in hope than expectation of a causing a shock

Roberto Martinez: “We have a lot of players who are at important times in their careers and they want to make their mark.”  Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty

Opening game against Panama should be well within the scope of Martinez’s side

Gerard Piqué makes a vital interception between Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea. Photograph: Javier Etxezarreta/EPA

Spanish centre-half pleased with a point after nightmare start to opening Group B clash

Back row, from left: Paulinho, Thiago Silva, Danilo, Joao Miranda and Alisson Ramses Becker. Front, from left: Neymar, Willian, Marcelo, Casemiro, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho Correia. Photograph: Vladimir Simicek/AFP/Getty Images

Manager Tite has sought to instil a collective mentality, but potential pitfalls abound

 Cristiano Ronaldo completes his hat-trick for Portugal  with a free-kick in the World Cup Group B game against Spain at the Fisht Stadium  in Sochi. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Portuguese star completes hat-trick with stunning free-kick in Sochi

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in a training session at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi . Photograph: Getty Images

Fernando Santos has key decisions to make as his side face their Iberian rivals in Sochi

 Spain’s new boss Fernando Hierro with captain Sergio Ramos. Ronald Wittek/EPA

Fernando Hierro steps into the unknown after sacking of national manager Julen Lopetegui

 Gianni Infantino: Fifa’s president  had done pretty much everything in his power to wrap things up in advance in support of the USA/Canada/Mexico joint bid. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty

Projected profit of $11 billion (€9.33 billion) was always going to sway Fifa members

Egyptian fans watch the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Cairo. Mohamed Salah suffered a  shoulder injury in the game that could limit his involvment in Russia. Photograph: Getty Images

African sides unlikely to break new ground at this year’s World Cup in Russia

Euro 88: Ray Houghton and Kevin Moran celebrate after beating England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho Euro 88: Ray Houghton and Kevin Moran celebrate after beating England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

‘It was my first international goal, first big tournament. There was this massive high’

Ireland’s Katie McCabe dejected after her side’s loss to Norway in a World Cup qualifier. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Colin Bell’s side were outclassed by Norway at Tallaght Stadium

Galway United are set for a possible takeover by Saudi Arabian investors. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Possible takeover will be voted on at specially convened meeting of the Supporters Trust

Damien Delaney has joined Cork City after leaving Crystal Palace. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Ireland defender will join John Caulfield’s side after leaving Crystal Palace

 Seamus Coleman in action for Ireland against the USA. ‘The national team needs more players in the Premier League and Championship.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland captain pleased Burke’s form was recognised but believes he needs Preston move

Ireland will likely have to beat at least one of Norway and the Netherlands to qualify for their first ever World Cup.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Colin Bell’s side eager to cause upset in potentially crucial World Cup qualifier in Tallaght

Ireland midfielder Alan Judge celebrates after scoring the winner against USA at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Brentford midfielder scores winner against USA after overcoming double leg fracture

The Republic of Ireland’s Graham Burke celebrates his goal with Darragh Lennihan at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Terrific performance from Rice in midfield earns high praise from manager O’Neill

John O’Shea of the Republic of Ireland applauds fans as he is substituted off for the final time during the international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and the United States at Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Graham Burke and Alan Judge score their first international goals in friendly win

John O’Shea will bow out after donning the Republic of Ireland jersey for the 118th time in his long international career. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Veteran defender to lead the Republic out against the USA in his final appearance

John O’Shea and Ireland manager Martin O’Neill ahead of Saturday’s friendly with the USA - the defender’s final international appearance. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Injured Shane Long will miss Saturday’s friendly with the USA at the Aviva Stadium

Seamus Coleman: “It’s up to the players now to step up and make sure this manager stays in the job.”  Brian Lawless/PA

Former Hull City midfielder convinced his former boss will be a success at Goodison

Former Ireland international Noel Hunt will join Waterford as a player/assistant manager. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Reading player will be in the dugout on Friday night in Alan Reynold’s absence

David Meyler has said that he was disappointed with how Hull City handled his departure from the club. Photo: Getty Images

‘I found out my contract hadn’t been extended through the press officer,’ he said

Ireland’s Graham Burke will miss Shamrock Rovers’ Airtricity League meeting with Dundalk. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The 24-year-old has been kept in the Ireland squad by Martin O’Neill for friendly with USA

John O’Shea: vastly experienced defender has proven a stalwart for the Republic of Ireland over a long career.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford man finally steps aside after 17 years as a senior Ireland international

Harriet Scott: still recovering from a broken collarbone. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager hopeful left back fully fit for the two games against Norway

Harry Arter takes a tumble during the international friendly defeat to France at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager says result no great surprise given the gulf in quality between the two sides

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French well worth win but Ireland did not defend either of the goals they conceded well

France’s Olivier Giroud scores their first goal during the pre-World Cup friendly win over Ireland. Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters

In a rain-soaked Paris the home side made light work of the visitors with first half goals

Republic of Ireland  manager Martin O’Neill: “Stephen Ward has been the regular left-back for us for the four years that I’ve been involved and it’s up to someone now to go and take that position.” Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager says his players will not be in ‘wind down’ mode ahead of summer break

Didier Deschamps: France’s head coach  has been able to make  big calls because of the remarkable array of individual talent available to him.  Photograph: Franck FireAFP/Getty

Just six of the squad that played in last World Cup in Brazil will be on the plane to Russia

Martin O’Neill: his Republic of Ireland side face a tough test against one of the favourites for the World Cup this summer.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both midfielders with plenty to prove to Republic manager O’Neill

Conor O’Malley (right) pictured with fellow Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle during training at Abbotstown on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goalkeeper took advantage of scholarship programme at St Pats to earn maths degree

Harry Arter during Ireland training in Abbotstown  on Friday ahead of the friendly game against France in Paris. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

28-year-old looks to put indifferent season at Bournemouth behind him in friendlies

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane: “We know it’s going to be difficult. But it’s still a good game if you put yourself in some of the players’ shoes.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Absence of Maguire and Hogan leaves Ireland shorthanded in attack for France game

Jon Walters and John Egan during the Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown on Thursday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Striker has been told he can leave Burnley this summer after rarely featuring

Graham Burke is one option to play up front   against France in next Monday’s friendly international at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill may have to improvise up front for Monday’s game at the Stade de France

Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke has received an Irish call-up in recognition of his form and goals. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Title race, battle for a European spot and to avoid relegation play-off are all pretty lively

Shane Supple: “I love the game, I love being a goalkeeper. It was the people involved in it who in the end disheartened me.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczp/Inpho

Nine years after quitting Ipswich and the game, goalkeeper surprised at development

West Brom winger James McClean in action for the Republic of Ireland: “I’ve another year left on my contract. We’ll see what happens over the summer.” Photograph: Inpho

Winger is unsure about future with club and says he’d love to be playing for Celtic

Shane Supple has been called into the Ireland squad for friendlies against France and the USA. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Martin O’Neill calls-up 31-year-old goalkeeper for friendlies against France and the USA

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scottish champions will play pre-season friendly in Tallaght in July

 FAI President Tony Fitzgerald, Martin O’Neill, FAI CEO John Delaney and Republic of Ireland Women’s head coach Colin Bell  at the 2018 Football Association of Ireland’s Festival of Football and AGM Launch at Vertigo, County Hall, Co Cork. Photograph:  Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Association also prioritising funding for Centre of Excellence at Glanmire in Cork

Graham Burke: set to play a part despite almost certainly starting for Shamrock Rovers at Sligo Rovers on Saturday evening. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Scott Brown testimonial will give peripheral figures a chance to impress against Celtic

 Patrick Hoban scores for Dundalk in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goals from Pat Hoban and Seán Hoare secure the three points at Dalymount

Graham Burke will play for Shamrock Rovers away to Sligo Rovers on Saturday night before travelling to Glasgow for the friendly between Celtic and the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:   Bryan Keane/Inpho

Midfielder to play away to Sligo Rovers on Saturday before travelling to Glasgow

Dave Connell  hopes that Ireland can get to the stage where at least one of the women’s underage teams can compete at a European finals pretty much every year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

FAI’s head of women’s underage development Dave Connell has some big plans

Bohemians manager Keith Long: “If everyone gives a fully focused performance, we can put it up to anyone in this league.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Boss says Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers wins are encouraging

Michael Duffy: “It was a good month for me with three goals and three assists. I’m hoping I can just keep that up now and kick on again.”

Winger has helped Dundalk take top spot in the Premier Division

  Troy Parrott celebrates with team mates after scoring against Bosnia. Photograph Carl Recine/Reuters

Inner city club key in development of player who looks to have a big career ahead

People walk on Sunday on Yahtenny Bridge  near the St Petersburg stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 football World Cup. Photograph: Anton Vaganov/Reuters

Syrian-led group of NGOs calls on Vladimir Putin to ensure fighting stops before football starts

Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke celebrates scoring against  Cork City at Tallaght Stadium.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork City likely to have full squad as they head to Derry for sold-out game

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