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Callum Robinson completes his hat-trick in the international friendly against Qatar at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool) Will have had more strenuous sauna sessions. Had to wait 56 minutes to get his hands on the ball. Virtually nothing to (...)

 Stephen Kenny will hope to have Adam Idah available for Saturday’s clash with Azerbaijan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Adam Idah and Jason Knight are doubts for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku after coming down with a fever. Both players retur(...)

Gavin Bazunu punches clear during the match against Serbia. Photo: Inpho

The minutes do not lie. Game time repeatedly informs Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny that the Championship is the ideal standard for his pla(...)

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 (...)

Shane Duffy heads in a crucial late equaliser for Ireland against Azerbaijan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Azerbaijan 1 ‘Here lies Shane Duffy, headerer of important goals’ could be engraved on the Derry giant’s tombstone whenever he (...)

  Republic of Ireland’s Gavin Bazunu saves a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The naysayers can still point to Stephen Kenny’s record as Republic of Ireland manager. Andorra stands alone as the only win from 14 matches in charge(...)

Stephen Kenny walks off the pitch with some of his Ireland players after the loss to Portugal at the Estadio Algarve. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A sliding doors discussion is a pointless exercise – especially after such a crushing loss caused by the head of the greatest international goalscorer(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo is one shy of a world record 110th international goal. Photograph: EPA

So, what’s happening? Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland team have three World Cup qualifiers in six days in this international window - first up on(...)

Stephen Kenny: ‘You can’t go to Portugal and defend for 90 minutes. I think we have to go and be positive in our approach.’ Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, along with the 36-year-old being one shy of a world record 110th international goal, means the Republic of(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has announced his Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Stephen Kenny wants all his players to be vaccinated but the Republic of Ireland manager also admitted that he has to respect the growing trend of pro(...)

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