Martin O’Neill:  despite the manager’s feat in guiding us to  the play-offs, we can’t keep the ball and  have the poorest scoring record of any team left.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s hard to be precise about O’Neill’s winning ways but our seeded rivals won’t fear us

English-born Ireland player Harry Arter  may not know it, but it may be of benefit for an international player to be born outside the Republic. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

As long as Martin O’Neill’s men keep delivering, the problem will unlikely be tackled

Virgil van Dijk: Chairman Ralph Kreuger said this week that the Southampton defender is going nowhere. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Clubs are not powerless in the battle with want-away players like Virgil van Dijk

Danny Rose. 'The England international has a short career and, like all players, wants to make the best of it.' Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Spurs need to pay the going rate and keep their best players if they want to win trophies

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