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Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar   celebrates scoring his team’s second goal against  Burkina Faso at Stade d’Olembe. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

It was 2½ years later than planned, but few in Yaoundé would be bothered by that. The hosts Cameroon suffered an early setback, but thanks to two pena(...)

Ireland’s Josh Cullen has a late effort on goal during the friendly against Hungary in Budapest. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Sometimes, the great world spins for you. A year ago, Josh Cullen was nobody’s idea of the future. He had played a grand total of two minutes for Irel(...)

 Callum Robinson sends a message to his critics after his first goal. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

1 Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth) Fortunate at times, and not as varied with the ball at his feet as in previous games, but the young goalkeeper is such a (...)

Gavin Bazunu punches clear during the match against Serbia. Photo: Inpho

The minutes do not lie. Game time repeatedly informs Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny that the Championship is the ideal standard for his pla(...)

Stephen Kenny has named a 26-man Ireland squad to play Azerbaijan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The depth of Ireland’s goal scoring problem is reflected by the selection of 28-year-old Wigan Athletic striker Will Keane. “Will has been qualified (...)

 Irish striker Adam Idah in action against Liverpool at Carrow Road. Photograph: Getty Images

In complete contrast to previous Republic of Ireland regimes, direct media messaging has become Stephen Kenny’s weapon of choice to help secure contra(...)

The Republic of Ireland squad training ahead of their clash with  Azerbaijan at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Republic of Ireland v Azerbaijan Aviva Stadium, 5pm (live RTÉ Two and Sky Sports Football) No Irish team has ever gained so much belief from so dev(...)

Stephen Kenny: ‘We have to carry an attacking threat and we can’t afford to defend for 90 minutes, it’s not workable.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Portugal v Republic of Ireland, Estádio Algarve 7.45pm – Live RTÉ Two and Sky Sports Expectations are at historically low levels that the Republic o(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo is one shy of a world record 110th international goal. Photograph: EPA

So, what’s happening? Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland team have three World Cup qualifiers in six days in this international window - first up on(...)

Stephen Kenny: ‘You can’t go to Portugal and defend for 90 minutes. I think we have to go and be positive in our approach.’ Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, along with the 36-year-old being one shy of a world record 110th international goal, means the Republic of(...)

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