Ireland manager Martin O’Neill looks on during the Nations League draw with Denmark in Aarhus. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager believes he has been unfairly criticised and is still the man for the Ireland job

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill speaks to Michael Obafemi before the 18 year-old makes his debut against Denmark. Photograph: PA

‘We have had to tighten up defensively, now we have to fix things at the other end’

Netherlands’ defender Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring against Germany in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Getty Images

Dutch fight back to draw with Germany and qualify for last four at the expense of France

Ireland’s Michael Obafemi and Andreas Bjelland of Denmark in action in Aarhus. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s team go another 90 minutes without a goal in final Nations League game

Ireland’s Shane Duffy, Robbie Brady and Shaun Williams on the pitch in Aarhus before the Nations League meeting with Denmark. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A potential playoff place is still on offer if Wales and Denmark qualify automatically

 Republic of Ireland’s Callum O’Dowda in action with Jamal Lewis and Jonny Evans of Northern Ireland during the scoreless draw at the Aviva last week. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager says he would settle for a little more creativity and a few chances on goal tonight

Michael Obafemi during the Ireland training session at Ceres Park in Aarhus ahead of Monday night’s Nations League game against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland boss describes idea he would cap player to avoid another saga ‘absolute lunacy’

Ireland head coach Jason Donohue speaks to players and staff. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

It’s a long road for Ireland’s next generation and success is very far from guaranteed

Martin O’Neill: “The bigger picture is the Euro qualifiers. There is no question about that.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager already choosing to look ahead to the European qualifiers

Michael O'Neill shakes hands with Ireland's Darren Randolph after the international friendly at the Aviva stadium. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O'Neill says side were disappointing going forward and guilty of sloppiness

Republic of Ireland striker Michael Obafemi shares a laugh with assistant manager Roy Keane  during training at Abbotstown. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Southampton striker’s agency release statement on his commitment to international side

Glenn Whelan and manager Martin O’Neill speak to the press. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Both of these sides are in dire straits in the Nations League and need a morale boost

Glenn Whelan during Ireland training ahead of the friendly international against Northern Ireland. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Midfielder had fair share of criticism over the years but committment never questioned

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Irish defender Matt Doherty picked up a facial injury during his team’s draw with Arsenal. Photograph: Getty Images

The full-back suffered a facial injury after being caught by an elbow against Arsenal

Ireland’s Robbie Brady poses for a picture with a young fan during training ahead of the friendly with Northern Ireland. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Midfielder has missed a lot of football with injuries but is now back and ready to go

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness believes there could be potential positive impacts in the long-term for Ireland if the Premier League limits the number of foreign-born players allowed after Brexit. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness says it could be a positive for domestic game

 Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matt Doherty is a doubt for Thursday night’s match. Photograph: Reuters

Alan Browne is the only other doubt amongst the players in original, extended squad

Bohs’ goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Bohemians goalkeeper had been named in this season’s PFAI team of the year

Michael Obafemi at Ireland squad training. “He has got a bit of pace, has got a wee bit something and I was quite impressed by him this morning,”  said O’Neill. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin-born Southampton striker eligible to declare for Ireland, England or Nigeria

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman says he understands James McClean’s issue with wearing a poppy. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland captain says he has no problem himself with wearing the poppy on his shirt

Michael Obafemi has retained his place in Martin O’Neill’s Ireland squad. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

18-year-old Southampton striker qualifies for England and Nigeria as well as Ireland

Declan Rice waves to the crowd in the Aviva Stadium during an Ireland friendly against the USA in June. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Obafemi makes second first-team appearance for Southampton in a week

Terry Phelan and Maurice Setters at Windsor Park. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

When Northern Ireland hosted the Republic in a vital World Cup qualifier

Kyle Lafferty has been recalled to the Northern Ireland squad for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland and the Nations League   game against Austria. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho/Presseye

Michael O’Neill brings Rangers striker back in after his late withdrawal from recent games

Declan Rice could have been committed to Ireland if he had come on against Moldova in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Photo: Inpho

Manager says he respects James McClean's poppy stance and feels some sympathy

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill included four new players in the 36-man squad he announced. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manning and Obafemi the other new players included in O’Neill’s 36-man squad

Pat Fenlon is to take over as general manager of Linfield. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Declan Devine set for a return to Derry City managerial post

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny seemed to be struggling to contain the emotion of it all. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

‘There’s something about a cup final that is really euphoric in that instant,’ manager said

Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney scores their second goal of the game during the FAI Cup final win over Cork City. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In a close-fought Cup final the Lilywhites just about managed to emerge victorious

John Caulfield:  unlikely to stray too far from a game plan that has containing Dundalk’s more creative players as one its priorities. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

City aiming to complete a hat-trick of FAI Cup wins in the fourth final in a row between the rivals

 Peamount United got the better of Wexford Youths when the sides met in the League Cup final in September. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ireland striker will miss Sunday’s showpiece against Peamount

Brian Gartland: “It was just taking that chance, taking that little chance of having any bit of success was what made my mind up to come here.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dundalk stalwart recalls the decision that paid rich dividends – both on and off the pitch

FAI chief executive John Delaney and   IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson  in  Windsor Park,  Belfast, to  announce their intention to submit a joint bid to host the Uefa Under-21 Championship in 2023. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

FAI boss says he has raised the possible bid at Uefa level and is ‘very hopeful of success

The FAI’s John Delaney and IFA’s Patrick Nelson announce a joint bid to host the 2023 Under-21 Euros. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

IRFU confirm Thomond Park and Ravenhill can be included as potential venues in the bid

Ireland’s Ryan Manning dejected after his side conceded an early goal to Germany during the recent European under-21 Championship qualifier. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

John Delaney may be about to deliver a first qualifying berth by securing the tournament

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “people love two teams really going at it with a view to trying to win the cup and bring it home. That has its own intrigue.”Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dundalk boss says west of Ireland provides more players than Dublin for his side

James McClean has released a statement asking supporters to respect his decision not to wear a poppy during Stoke City’s upcoming fixtures. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty

Winger asks supporters to respect his choice ahead of Middlesbrough and Forest games

Cork City manager John Caulfield: “A lot of injuries clear up in the week of a cup final.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

City to renew their rivalry with Dundalk this Sunday as they bid to secure third straight FAI Cup

Sligo Rovers have named Liam Buckley as their new manager. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Club say former St Patrick’s Athletic manager was their number one choice for post

Around 10 times the average has been bet on the game; 90% on Limerick to win

Keith Long: “Ultimately I’d like to get to a full-time position with the club, or in football, in this country. Bohemians have shown their faith in me by offering me this deal.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inppho

Ambitious boss hoping new contract will be another stepping-stone to future full-time role

FC Midtjylland’s Casper Tengstedt celebrates after scoring a penalty  in the Uefa Youth League first round second leg game against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photograph:  Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Ali Reghba’s penalty had put the Irish side ahead in the tie at half-time

Chris Shields has been nominated for the PFAI player of the year award along with his Dundalk team-mates Michael Duffy and Patrick Hoban. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Duffy, Patrick Hoban and Chris Shields vie for player of the year

Harry Kenny has been named as the new manager of St Patrick’s Athletic. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Former Bray Wanderers boss was an assistant manager at the Inchicore club in 2013

Bohs Under-19s face Denmark’s FC Midtjylland in the Uefa Youth League on Wednesday night. Photograph: tom Beary/Inpho

Craig Sexton’s side looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Danish side at Dalymount

Georgie Kelly, who moved from UCD to Dundalk during the season,  has been named in the PFAI First Division team of the year. Photograph:    Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Goalkeeper named in the PFAI First Division team of the year; champions UCD lead way with four

Ireland’s Troy Parrott celebrates scoring against Bosnia & Herzegovina back in May. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

FAI boss will stick with Martin O’Neill, but he needs to address pipeline of future stars

Ireland goalkeeper Darron Randolph goes up for the final corner kick in the  Uefa Nations League game against Wales at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Callum Robinson disappointed Ireland could not build on strong start agaimst Wales

Harry Wilson fires home a free-kick to give Wales the lead in the Uefa Nations League match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s side heading for relegation after another Nations League defeat

Shelbourne have parted company with manager Owen Heary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sligo Rovers confirm they will not be renewing Gerard Lyttle’s contract

Richard Keogh: “If we play with intensity and at our best, we know we are a good team.” Photograph: Ross Byrne/Inpho

Patient Derby defender thrilled to be in O’Neill’s starting X1 – and now, as a bonus, as captain

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and injured Callum O’Dowda watch the squad train ahead of their Nations League match against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager says side are ‘technically short’ but have plan that gives them an attacking threat

 Ryan Giggs looks on as his team train during in Cardiff on Monday. Photoraph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ryan Giggs' Wales team will go top of Nations League pool with a win at the Aviva Stadium

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill with Callum O’Dowda, who has been ruled out of Tuesday’s clash with Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland boss could revert to back four for Wales as he waits on Shane Long fitness

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (right) and assistant manager Roy Keane during the  Nations League  match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Callum O’Dowda a major doubt for Tuesday’s Nations League clash with Wales in Dublin

Ireland’s Shane Long is challenged by Thomas Delaney and Lasse Schone of Denmark during the Nations League match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager happy that his side has restored some order in competitive fixtures

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  catches the ball as it goes out of play during the  Nations League  match against Denmark at  the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘We kept a clean sheet for a start, so that’s something . . . a few building blocks'

Ireland’s Harry Arter clears off the line during the Nations League match against  at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s much-changed side finished the game the stronger

Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel at Denmark squad training at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland will be hoping Danes are off form, but they arrive with only one defeat in two years

James McClean at the Republic of Ireland squad training in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Even without Séamus Coleman and Robbie Brady, a win is not beyond possibility

Ireland’s Harry Arter during training ahead of the Nations League matches against Denmark and Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jeff Hendrick has praised Roy Keane’s influence on the squad, saying it is positive

Shane Duffy: “They [Wales] were just the better team on the night but obviously we didn’t help it by the way we played; it wasn’t good enough for an international team at this level.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Republic stalwart not fussy about O’Neill’s formation – once he is centrally involved

Scott Hogan, centre: “I’m more than confident that I’m still the same finisher.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Striker felt ‘hung out to dry’ by now-departed boss Bruce’s changing plans for his role

Ireland’s James McClean speaks to the media ahead of the Nations League matches against Wales and Denmark. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland winger says that Declan Rice would be welcomed back to the squad if it happens

Fulham’s Cyrus Christie plays a pass around Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

TV pundit singled Ireland full back out for criticism after Fulham’s loss to Arsenal

Stephen Ward will not be involved against Denmark or Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Ward went to see a specialist on Monday over a persistent knee injury

 High Performance Director Ruud Dokter with Republic of Ireland Women’s manager  Colin Bell. “The benchmark tells me that we are on the right track.” “Success will come,” says Dokter.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Just seven players eligible to play for Ireland played in Premier League last weekend

Sean Maguire: The Republic of Ireland striker returned to action with Preston North End after a long lay-off with a  hamstring injury. INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Christian Eriksen all but out with Gareth Bale a doubt for Dublin Nations League games

Dundalk players show their appreciation to  fans at Stadion Wojska Polskiego after their game against Legia Warsaw in Poland in 2016. Photograph: Tomasz Jastrzebowski/FotoOlimpik/Inpho

New structures and an extra qualifying round hamper sides from weaker leagues

Dundalk celebrate their league title victory after a 1-1 draw with St Pat’s. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

St Pat’s threaten to spoil the party but 90th minute equaliser seals title at Oriel Park

Coventry’s Jordan Shipley has been called into the Ireland under-21 squad. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Ireland will face Israel and Germany away this week in Euro qualifiers

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the announcement of the squad to play Denmark and Wales in the Nations League. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cardiff City midfielder returns to Ireland squad for games against Denmark and Wales

Declan Rice in action against Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. The West Ham youngster is still undecided about his international future. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

West Ham's 19-year-old prospect still agonising over his international future

Gary Rogers: the long-serving goalkeeper has signed a new one-year deal with Dundalk. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Kenny’s side require just a point at Oriel Park to seal a fourth title success in five years

Declan Rice in action for Ireland against France in May. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Nothing surprises me in this life but I would be a bit surprised by this particular story’

Harry Arter has been named in Martin O’Neill’s provisional Republic of Ireland squad. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Declan Rice is not included and Sky Sports report that he has declared for England

 With his international future still up in the air Declan Rice is highly unlikely to be named in the Republic of Ireland squad on Thursday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland international yet to decide future but Gareth Southgate has been frank about England’s dwindling options

Cork’s Kieran Sadlier celebrates scoring the equaliser during their FAI Cup semi-final draw with Bohemians. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

City keep their season alive by sending cup semi-final to a replay with late equaliser

Bohemians manager Keith Long celebrates at the final whistle after the league  win over Shamrock Rovers  in Tallaght on August 17th. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork City stand in the way of a first cup final in a decade

Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney scores past UCD goalkeeper Conor Kearns during the  FAI Cup semi-final at  Oriel Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

UCD again proved their footballing credentials but missed a cutting edge

Robbie Benson is confident he and Dundalk can complete the double this season. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk man has eyes firmly set on completing the double as Cup semi-final looms

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin announces Germany as the hosts for the 2024 European Championships. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

The 2006 World Cup hosts fought off competition from Turkey to secure the tournament

Dundalk players celebrate after beating Derry City in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game at Oriel Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s side nine points clear of Cork City with massive goal difference advantage

 St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley has left the  club by mutual consent. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Manager leaves Inchicore club ‘by mutual consent’ after six years

 Dundalk’s Pat Hoban in action against St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park, Dublin, earlier this year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Top goal scorer says winning cup in the Aviva would be an amazing end to season

Connor Ellis wheels away after his goal against Bray Wanderers. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Goals from Barry Maguire and Conor Ellis mean Wanderers are all but doomed

 Cork City manager John Caulfield and Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Title will be all but decided if Cork City do not beat Dundalk at Turner’s Cross

Niall O’Driscoll says he is committed to building a promising future for Bray Wanderers. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘There’s been talk about the club going amateur next season, that’s absolute rubbish’

The Aviva Stadium in  Dublin could host World Cup games in 2030. Photograph: Stephen Heaney/Inpho

Uefa expected to give backing to bid as FAI join in feasibility review

 Wes Hoolahan: “I’ve had a good summer’s rest and now I am really excited about playing again. To get the opportunity to do so with a club such as this one is fantastic for me.”

Former Ireland international expected to feature against Bristol City tonight

Ireland’s James McClean hopes to be fit for the Nations League fixtures in October. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Robbie Brady, James McCarthy and Sean Maguire all remain touch and go to return

UCD celebrate winning the SSE Airtricity League first division after their 1-1 draw with Finn Harps  at UCD Bowl. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Draw against Finn Harps enough to earn Collie O’Neill’s side a return to the top flight

 Wes Hoolahan has joined West Brom on a short-term deal. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Baggies boss Darren Moore has been impressed with the Irish midfielder

Everton manager Marco Silva believes Séamus Coleman will only be out for two weeks with a foot injury. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Coleman set to be fit for Nations League games as McCarthy returns to training

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane and manager Martin O’Neill during the 1-1 friendly draw with Poland in Wroclaw. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager has more fitness concerns but hopes Harry Arter saga will be resolved

Ireland’s Aiden O’Brien scores against Poland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Millwall striker impressed with a goal and his tireless work rate against Poland

Republic of Ireland captain  Séamus Coleman  and Gareth Bale of Wales  after the Nations League  match  at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill confirms scan reveals his skipper has suffered stress fracture to his foot

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: “We could and possibly should have won the game. Poland are a very decent team but we tried to play every bit as a well as them and I thought we succeeded.” Photograph: Inpho

Manager says the substitutions unsettled a side that was coping well with Poland rally

 Aiden O’Brien  heads home to give the Republic of Ireland the lead in the friendly international against Poland   at the Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw. Photograph:   Steven Paston/PA Wire.

Aiden O’Brien scores on his international debut in Wroclaw but Ireland can't hold on

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with Richard Keogh during training ahead of the friendly against Poland on Tuesday. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ward’s version of controversial fallout adds to pressure on Republic of Ireland manager

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