England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford punches the ball clear during their win over Germany earlier this week. Photograph: John Sibley/Getty Images

Five months ago Jordan Pickford walked out at Anfield into the eye of a storm. His form for Everton had been poor for several months. He had been brie(...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma  vies for the ball with Wales’ midfielder Aaron Ramsey   at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/POOL/AFP

As Italy cruised to their 11th consecutive victory under Roberto Mancini, a rare note of disapproval was heard from the stands. The whistles in the 8(...)

Robbie Brady celebrates his later winner against Italy in Lille. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s five-year reign as Republic of Ireland manager is over. The 66-year-old signed a new two-year deal as recently as January 2018 - but(...)

Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan in action against Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Had things gone a certain way, had he been seen in another light, it could have been so different for Wes Hoolahan. “Ipswich were the only ones who (...)

Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano scores   from the penalty spot during the La Liga  game against Osasuna at the Nou Camp, his first goal for the club. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona 7 Osasuna 1 Barcelona thrashed Osasuna 7-1 on Wednesday as Lionel Messi, Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer each scored twice to send them three (...)

Robbie Brady celebrates with his family after Ireland’s 1-0 win over Italy. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Ireland’s participation in the European Championships has thus far been bookended by two of the greatest moments in Irish sporting history. In 1988 J(...)

Italy manager Antonio Conte will move to Chelsea after the tournamet. Photograph: Getty

Prospects A largely uninspiring qualifying campaign combined with the loss through injury of stars like Marco Verratti and Cludio Marchisio have le(...)

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris looks set to demand a transfer this summer. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Hugo Lloris will consider his future at the end of the season if and more likely when Tottenham Hotspur do not qualify for the Champions League. The F(...)

Barcelona forward Neymar  scores his second goal during the Champions League quarter-final second leg against  Paris Saint-Germain at the Nou  Camp. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona 2 PSG 0 (Barcelona win 5-1 on agg)Barcelona are in the semi-final of the Champions League for the sixth time in seven years. For Paris Saint(...)

Neymar gave Barcelona the lead in their 3-1 win away at PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals. Photograph: Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Barcelona 3Barcelona’s claim on this competition can feel irresistible on nights such as this. The Catalans prospered here where(...)

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