James Collins

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Shane Duffy reacts after conceding the second goal against Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

Turns out Peter Schmeichel called it about right. “Switzerland will win against Ireland. I have seen Ireland play and they are so bad.” He was so with(...)

Ireland’s Darren Randolph makes a save against Switzerland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Switzerland 2 Republic of Ireland 0 No famous victory in the end then, nor even the draw that would have left the Danes with a day off to look forwar(...)

  James McClean and Glenn Whelan after Ireland conceded the goal in the first half. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Darren Randolph Ireland’s best player. Got down for a smart save from Xhaka in the opening exchanges, followed later on by an even better one from a (...)

A view of the pitch ahead of the game between Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Aaron Connolly gets his first start for the Irish senior team in Geneva where Mick McCarthy has made three changes for the potentially decisive Europe(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph in action during the  Euro 2020  Group D qualifier against Georgia at the  Boris Paichadze Arena in  Tbilisi. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Georgia 0 Republic of Ireland 0 When it was all over, Mick McCarthy described the suggestion that Ireland should be especially disappointed not to ha(...)

Shane Duffy: set to return in central defence for the Republic of Ireland  against Georgia in  Tbilisi. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

News of of Shane Duffy’s return may have added slightly to the need Mick McCarthy felt at his pre-match conference to do some dampening of expectatio(...)

Callum Robinson: “I feel like I have put in good performances, so now I’m looking to  bring that and be positive and do what I do best and help the boys get the right result.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

While the likes of James Collins and Josh Cullen managed to advance their international claims last month, Callum Robinson appreciates that his showi(...)

Shane Duffy during an Ireland training session at the Boris Paichadze Arena in  Tbilisi ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mick McCarthy has confirmed that he intends to start Shane Duffy in Saturday’s European Championship qualifier against Georgia with the Ireland manage(...)

John Egan: “Mick [McCarthy] has us drilled in training, he wants us to be on the front foot and put teams under pressure. It suits us.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A month ago, he was joking with James Collins about their duels in the lower leagues in the pre-match media for Ireland’s game with Bulgaria. One s(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has named his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mick McCarthy has called Blackburn Rovers duo Darragh Lenihan and Greg Cunningham into his squad for the European Championship qualifiers with Georgia(...)

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