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Stephen Kenny sees Tuesday’s friendly against Hungary as part of a block of five games taking in September’s World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Hungary v Republic of Ireland, Szusza Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, 7pm Irish time – Live RTÉ Two A friendly with consequences. For Hungary this is the (...)

Matt Doherty will play at right back against Hungary with Séamus Coleman ruled out of the friendly with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Bagu Blanco/Inpho

Finally, after 14 months of unprecedented difficulties, Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland travel to Budapest without excuses. Injuries do continue (...)

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(...)

Josh Cullen in action for Anderlecht in Belgium. “In England and Ireland, people sort of think European football is tippy tappy and quite slow paced. It’s definitely not that.” Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

This Josh Cullen interview reads like an advertisement to expand one’s football horizons beyond the clogged up Premier League. Cullen will miss out o(...)

Andorra’s Ildefons Lima tackles Switzerland’s Eren Derdiyok during a 2018 World Cup qualifier. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Willie Whitelaw famously complained that political rival Harold Wilson was “going around the country stirring up apathy.” At a continental level a sim(...)

Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu makes a save during the World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Winners Gavin Bazunu The 19-year-old didn’t look like the finished article but then . . . he’s 19. Did pretty well overall in the two games he start(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Josh Cullen jumps for the ball with Dusan Vlahovic of Serbia during Wednesday’s World Cup qualifying match in Belgrade. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Josh Cullen accepts that Ireland’s defeat in Belgrade adds to the “must win” nature of Saturday’s game against Luxembourg in Dublin, but the midfielde(...)

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Dragan Stojkovic in Belgrade. Photograph: Nikola Krstic/Inpho

No Belgrade football night has been as peaceful but even in an empty, echoing stadium, the tribulations continue for Stephen Kenny. His young team wer(...)

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