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Leanne Kiernan: “We have a lot of pace up front but we didn’t utilise that in the Netherlands.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

With qualification still a very tall order, Republic of Ireland manager Colin Bell suggests that his aim going into the toughest spell of his side’s W(...)

Referee Deniz Aytekin consults the VAR system at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: PA

England manager Gareth Southgate was frustrated by the video assistant referee as the incident that allowed Italy to secure a late draw was not a “cle(...)

Gareth Southgate during an England press conference on the eve of their international friendly against Italy at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate believes England will find their cutting edge as they grow more accustomed to the fluid style of play being encouraged by the coachi(...)

Gareth Southgate: the England manager won’t say a syllable out of place between here and the Tunisia game 12 weeks from now. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Watching the England and Holland teams line up ahead of their friendly the other night, a strange and deeply uncomfortable emotion rose up in this sma(...)

The terrible and unnecessary new World Cup ball allows some people to complain about the game’s enslavement to capitalism; others take the chance to reminisce about their own favourite balls of times gone by

It’s the same every four years. A couple of months before the World Cup finals, the new tournament ball is used in international friendlies, and the w(...)

 Bundee Aki: played a key role in CJ Stander’s exquisite Irish try which showed the scale of the team’s ambition on the day. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

Despite the success of scores of Irish people achieving greatness in the arts and business world, there remains an ingrained resistance in Irish socie(...)

Gareth Southgate: “We’re preparing to go to the World Cup – there’s no doubt in our mind that’s what we should be doing.” Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate has said he remains fully focused on preparing England for the World Cup despite the political tensions between the UK and the tourna(...)

Cliodhna Sargent returned to action for Cork Harlequins in November following the birth of her son. Photograph: Cathal Coonan/Inpho

After lengthy absences, two of Irish hockey’s most experienced players have returned to the international set-up. Cliodhna Sargent and Megan Frazer, (...)

 Katie Mullan: won her 100th cap against Spain. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

If Tuesday’s 7-0 drubbing by Spain in the first of their four-match series gave Ireland an idea of how much work needs to be done ahead of this summer(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Keith Andrews and Sammy Clingan of Northern Ireland during the sides’ last encounter in May 2011, which the Republic won 5-0. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Martin O’Neill will have ample opportunity to start the rebuilding process he has promised over the coming year, it seems, with the FAI having confirm(...)

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