France’s forward Kylian Mbappé scores his fourth goal during the World Cup qualifier against  Kazakhstan at the Parc des Princes  in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Big guns France and Belgium both confirmed their places in next year’s World Cup finals in Qatar after qualifying victories on Saturday night. Kylian(...)

Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates his side’s late  second goal against Turkey in the Group A clash in   Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/EPA

Day Six and if you ever regretted not going inter-railing in your youth, Euro 2020 has kind of filled that gap, Wednesday alone taking us from St Pete(...)

Ireland’s  Adam Idah is challenged  by  Juhani Ojala of Finland  during the Uefa Nations League match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/EPA

We should, of course, be getting used to things by now, but when Jon Walters was saying pre-match that Aaron Connolly had the ability to “get the crow(...)

Ireland’s Adam Idah and Bulgaria’s Kristian Dimitrov during Thursday’s Nations League match in Sofia. Photograph: Kostadin Andonov/Inpho

First impressions can be short-lived things: just cast your mind back to Eamon Dunphy hailing Steve Staunton when Ireland beat Sweden so well in his f(...)

Jeff Hendrick challenges Bulgaria’s   Strahil Popov  during the Uefa Nations League  match in Sodia. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Even the mere naming of Stephen Kenny’s first team felt like the most exhilarating thing to happen in Irish football since, dunno, Italia 90, the incl(...)