Argentina’s Lionel Messi  scores his third goal against Ecuador. Argentina’s victory sealed their place in the World Cup in Russia.  Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

1 Fear Germany They finished with 10 wins from ten games and scored 43 – more than anyone else in European or South American qualification. They con(...)

Republic of Ireland Under-21s midfielder  Declan Rice during training. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Declan Rice’s credentials make him worthy of senior squad inclusion but while Martin O’Neill’s side work out whether their campaign ends or continues (...)

Michael O’Neill: his side have kept seven clean sheets in their qualifying group and haven’t lost a competitive game at home in four years. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Imagese

Such is Michael O’Neill’s respect for Germany, who have not lost an away World Cup qualifier in 83 years, that he organised a 10 v six training sessi(...)

Manager Michael O’Neill admitted Aaron Hughes may also miss the play-offs were Northern Ireland to reach them. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho

Aaron Hughes has been ruled out of Northern Ireland’s final two World Cup qualifiers this week, and would be a doubt were they to make the play-offs n(...)

UCD’s Katie Mullan scored two minutes from time to clinch Ireland’s first ever win against Germany. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Germany 1 (J Teschke) Ireland 2 (A O’Flanagan, K Mullan) A brilliant Katie Mullan goal with two minutes to go saw Ireland’s women beat Germany – the (...)

The Republic of Ireland will attempt to bounce back from the defeat to Germany when they take on England in the quarter-finals.

Republic of Ireland 0 Germany 7 Despite being thumped by table-toppers Germany in Wednesday’s concluding European U-17 Championship group game in Cr(...)

Germany’s  Lukas Podolski: the midfielder will leave  Turkey’s Galatasaray at the end of the season to join Japan’s Vissel Kobe in the J1 League. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s Lukas Podolski will receive an appropriate farewell when the world champions meet England in a high-quality friendly on Wednesday (7.45pm) (...)

Martin O’Neill with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Thursday’s Euro 2020 logo launch. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland has moved up 10 places to number 23 in the latest Fifa world ranking list, with Martin O’Neill’s side leapfrogging qualificati(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is wary of Azerbaijan. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho.

World Cup Qualifier - Group C: Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan , Windsor Park, Friday, 7.45pm (Live on Sky Sports 1) Michael O’Neill perceives Azerba(...)

James McCarthy: could make a surprise return from injury for the  Republic of Ireland against Georgia. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Almost a year to the day after they beat Germany on what was arguably the team’s best ever night, tonight’s Georgia game will have a rather more bread(...)