Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is confident his team can beat West Ham on Thursday night. Photograph: PA

Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned his Southampton side the hard work has only just started. Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes earlier this month and has had (...)

West Ham United’s Declan Rice  and Watford’s Ken Sema battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the London Stadium. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has said he is pleased with the way his recent meeting with Declan Rice went but declined to make a firm pre(...)

Southampton’s Irish-born striker Michael Obafemi with Nathan Redmond after scoring his first Premier League goal. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Obafemi thanked team-mate Nathan Redmond for his help on and off the pitch after becoming Southampton’s youngest ever Premier League goalscore(...)

Shay Given: “You know what I’m like, I love the craic, the buzz around the lads. When you’re a coach, it’s tough if you lose, it is quite draining. But when you win, it’s mad, it’s magnified.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

He strides in smiling wearing his new work gear: an all-black kit, a little white ram above his heart, ‘SG’ initials alongside. He is sweaty after a s(...)

Southampton’s Irish  striker Michael Obafemi  tangles with Manchester United’s  Luke Shaw. Photograph: Getty Images

Southampton 2 Man Utd 2 Republic of Ireland international Michael Obafemi made his full Premier League debut as Southampton drew 2-2 against a slapda(...)

Mick McCarthy:  It’s déjà vu all over again. Not to everyone, mind – Michael Obafemi was two and a half when Mick vacated the position in 2002. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

It’s 2002 and you ask your crystal ball to forecast Mick and Roy’s future. “Mick will leave the Irish job and take over at Sunderland, ” it says, “an(...)

Michael Obafemi with his mother Bola and brother Affy following his international debut away to Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A thrilled Michael Obafemi has set his sights on a long international career after becoming the first player born this century to be capped by the Rep(...)

Ireland’s Michael Obafemi and Andreas Bjelland of Denmark in action in Aarhus. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Denmark 0 Ireland 0 This was the sort of game that the Nations League was supposed to spare us - with one team manifestly much better than the other (...)

Michael Obafemi during the Ireland training session at Ceres Park in Aarhus ahead of Monday night’s Nations League game against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill says he will weigh up whether to give Michael Obafemi his international debut against Denmark in Aarhus on Monday night but described t(...)

Martin O’Neill: “The bigger picture is the Euro qualifiers. There is no question about that.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jimmy Dunne is back in the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of the trip to Aarhus where manager Martin O’Neill will take another opportunity to weigh u(...)

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