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Republic of Ireland Women’s squad during training ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fifa Women’s World Cup Group 3 qualifier Slovakia v Republic of Ireland National Training Centre, Senec KO 5.30pm (4.30, Irish) After opening thei(...)

Harry Kane: “Growing up as a kid you dream about playing for your country and being captain as well.” Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Raheem Sterling will return to England’s starting line-up for the qualifier against Slovenia, operating in the number 10 position, with Alex Oxlade-C(...)

Republic of Ireland captain Emma Byrne addressing the press conference yesterday at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Those looking for a sense of just how far behind men’s football the women’s game here is got a bit of an indication yesterday when 14 members of the s(...)

Wales manager Chris Coleman during a  press conference at the Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire.

Chris Coleman has dismissed Marcel Koller’s suggestion Wales were lucky at Euro 2016 and in a carefully worded response implied the Austria coach was(...)

Wayne Ronney received apology from Allardyce on plane home(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney has accused Sam Allardyce of allowing him to be “battered” and being responsible for what the England captain considers some of the more (...)

England soccer manager Roy Hodgson  announcing his resignation  on Monday after England lost 2-1 to Iceland in their Uefa Euro 2016 clash in Nice, France. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

It was going to take something special for the England football team to recapture the headlines from England’s other big European exit but on a histor(...)

Germany’s forward Mario Gomez scores against Slovakia’s goalkeeper Matus Kozacik during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Germany and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Lille. Photo: Denis Charlet/Getty Images

Germany 3 Slovakia 0 Germany claimed their place in the last eight of Euro 2016 with all the smoothness that might be expected of world champions i(...)

Slovakia’s  Vladimir Weiss  vies for the ball with England’s  Eric Dier during the Euro 2016 Group B  match  at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Slovakia 0 England 0 The disappointment was obvious at the final whistle and, ultimately, this result will leave Roy Hodgson facing some awkward ques(...)

Slovakia’s  Marek Hamsik  celebrates his goal during the Euro 2016 against Russia. Photo: Getty Images

Slovakia 2 Russia 1 Russia threatened to grab a late draw just as they had against England. Oleg Shatov’s cross was headed home by the substitute D(...)

A Russian football supporter lobs a chair towards Slovakian fans sitting in a cafe in the northern city of Lille on June 14th. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Russia will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if there is a repeat of the crowd trouble seen at the Stade Vélodrome that marred their opening match with (...)

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