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Newly appointed Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at the Aviva press conference. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Gary Carr

Nobody covers the Irish team for many years without developing a thick protective outer shell of cynicism: I have been hurt too many times to be taken(...)

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui watches his side lose to Levante at the Bernabeu on Saturday. Photo: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA

They’d been there for a while when the call came through to tell them they were standing in the wrong place. Raphaël Varane’s handball had actually be(...)

Ireland’s Cyrus Christie in action against  Harry Wilson of Wales during the Uefa Nations League game at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The post mortem on Saturday’s game didn’t exactly help the positivity levels ahead of the latest instalment of our Nations League adventure, the gener(...)

Callum Robinson (centre) talks to Cyrus Christie (left) and Derrick Williams as the Ireland players walk the pitch after arriving at the Aviva stadium ahead of Nations League game against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has made two changes for Tuesday night’s Nations League game against Wales, with Callum Robinson and Aiden (...)

Richard Keogh: “If we play with intensity and at our best, we know we are a good team.” Photograph: Ross Byrne/Inpho

Wales, it sometimes seemed over the last 18 months, might have gone a long way towards ending Richard Keogh’s international career with their last vis(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and injured Callum O’Dowda watch the squad train ahead of their Nations League match against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill admits that his side need to do better against Wales tonight but there was little enough in his pre-match press conference on Monday to(...)

 Ryan Giggs looks on as his team train during in Cardiff on Monday. Photoraph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It might take a little while longer for it to become completely clear just how this Nations League is really regarded. Ryan Giggs’ admission, however,(...)

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill with Callum O’Dowda, who has been ruled out of Tuesday’s clash with Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill will have to make at least one change to the side that drew with Denmark on Saturday night, with Bristol City midfielder Callum O’Dowda(...)

Gareth Bale receives a Golden Boot award for scoring 30 goals for Wales ahead of his side’s friendly defeat to Spain at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Gareth Bale returned to Real Madrid on Sunday and will miss Wales’ Nations League clash with the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, the Football Associat(...)

Wales’ Gareth Bale sits in the stand during their 4-1 defeat to Spain and is set to miss the Nations League match against Ireland. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Ryan Giggs promised Wales would improve after their Spanish lesson, even though Gareth Bale is set to be absent again for the Nations League trip to t(...)

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