Stuart Pearce

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Stephen Kenny has named a 26-man Ireland squad to play Azerbaijan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The depth of Ireland’s goal scoring problem is reflected by the selection of 28-year-old Wigan Athletic striker Will Keane. “Will has been qualified (...)

England manager Gareth Southgate during squad training in Burton-Upon-Trent on Friday.  Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Is Gareth Southgate the saving grace of English public life? Set against the megalomaniacal strangeness of Boris and the other political stars of Brex(...)

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

David Moyes has said he has ‘unfinished business’ at West Ham following his reappointment as manager. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

David Moyes vowed to ensure West Ham will not get rid of him a second time as he set about beginning his “unfinished business” at the club. Hammers o(...)

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane during Nottingham Forest’s Championship game against Derby County  at the  City Ground in February. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

If there is one story that sums up Martin O’Neill’s inability to win over his players at Nottingham Forest it probably goes back to a prosaic game at (...)

 Wayne Rooney: “I’ll take away being the record goalscorer and representing my country 119 times and feeling immense pride at having done that.”   Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Wayne Rooney, almost for old time’s sake, ended up addressing pressure. This is a player who had grown used to lugging the weight of expectation du(...)

Danny Welbeck talks to the media after an England training session in Burton-upon-Trent. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

There might be quite a few people who are surprised to learn the identity of the player in Gareth Southgate’s squad who will be going to Russia for th(...)

“Two World Wars and two World Cups”: Chris Waddle, Stuart Pearce and Gareth Southgate (above) will be allowed to retake their penalties until they score. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Allsport/Getty

Did you ever see a cat stuck up a tree? It desperately wants to get down, but when a kindly human climbs up to rescue it, it hisses and claws. Even ca(...)

Penalties. For better or worse, it’s one of the great set-pieces, in the theatrical or cinematic sense, in all of sport. From Stuart Pearce to Chris W(...)

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United scores his second goal at the Vitality Stadium. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Bournemouth 3 West Ham 3 The image of a drenched David Moyes at the end of this madcap affair between two teams bereft of any defensive dignity only (...)

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