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(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle receives some light-hearted attention from his team-mates. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The first time a friendly between these two countries on American soil was announced back in 1996, the standard gag was that it was all a set up for U(...)

Martin O’Neill is hopeful that James McCarthy will be fit to at least face Austria in the 2018 World Cup qualifier next month. Photo: Ross Byrne/Inpho

Suggestions of James McCarthy’s omission from the Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifier against Austria game proved premature on Monday but Martin(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon: “I blew €20m, it went up in smoke but I safeguarded the livelihoods of 1,200 families.”  Photograph:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Al(...)

Dundalk will begin the defence of their title at home to Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It is, as that old gag goes, a case of déjà vu all over again. Five years on from their last attempt at a 10-team Premier Division was abandoned, t(...)

Wayne Rooney  during an England  training session at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on Thursday. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Daniel Sturridge is set to start England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday night, with Wayne Rooney recalled in a No 10 role for a game(...)

 England interim manager Gareth Southgate during training ahead of the side’s clash with Scotland at Wembley Stadium Photograph:   Carl Recine/Reuters

There was a point when Gordon Strachan was hoping to persuade Andy Murray to deliver some words of inspiration before Scotland’s players walk out at (...)

Adam Lallana: “Hopefully he will do well enough to get the job on a permanent basis.” Photograph:  Dave Howarth/PA

Adam Lallana has urged the English Football Association to formalise Gareth Southgate’s appointment as England’s full-time manager so the team can be(...)

Sunderland’s John O’Shea and Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez battle for the ball at the Stadium of Light. O’Shea had to be replaced before half-time due to a hamstring injury. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The FAI is likely to receive updates on the injuries sustained by Sunderland’s John O’Shea and Burnley’s Stephen Ward over the next 24 hours, but bot(...)

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