Ireland train at Estadi Nacional ahead of their clash with Andorra. Photograph: Bagu Blanco/Inpho

Thursday June 3rd, Andorra v Republic of Ireland, Estadi Nacional, Andorra La Vell, 5pm - Live RTÉ Two and Sky Sports. This feels like a preview from(...)

Conor Hourihane won’t captain Ireland in Andorra according to Stephen Kenny. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Stephen Kenny is far too focussed on ending the 11 game winless streak as Republic of Ireland manager to reveal his starting XI ahead of Thursday even(...)

 Chiedozie Ogbene: “I grew up in Cork, I see myself as Irish,” said Chiedozie Ogbene, the Rotherham United winger, one of four Irish players of Nigerian descent called up for this international window. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

On the public front, Stephen Kenny is still dousing flames from the 1-0 home defeat to Luxembourg last March. The Dubliner knows he will be doing so f(...)

Ireland’s James McClean celebrates scoring the opening  goal with Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady during the friendly international against Qatar at the Nagyerdei Stadion in Debrecen, Hungary. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Qatar 1 Republic of Ireland 1 An early Irish goal, Luxembourg leading Portugal at the break and Azerbaijan getting an equaliser against Serbia in Bak(...)

Luxembourg striker Gerson Rodrigues celebrates scoring the winning goal during the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/AFP via Getty Images

Unseemly as it might be, it’s fairly inevitable after a sporting calamity that a scapegoat will be sought, someone at whom we can vent our fury and bl(...)

The result is a devastating blow for Ireland manager Stephen Kenny who has now gone 10 games without a win. Photograph: PA

Republic of Ireland 0 Luxembourg 1 Ireland’s new World Cup campaign was thrown into turmoil at an empty Aviva stadium on Saturday night as Luxembourg(...)

Luxembourg’s Mathias Janisch celebrates scoring the winning goal against Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier in 2013. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Winston Churchill claimed “Success consists of going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm”. If true, then Luxembourg deserve to ar(...)

Luxembourg players celebrate after their goalless draw with France. Photograph: Fred Lancelot/Reuters

France coach Didier Deschamps preferred to retain a positive outlook despite seeing his star-studded side held to a shock goalless draw at home by min(...)