Anthony Pilkington of Norwich City is closed down by Stephen Ireland of Stoke City during the  Premier League match  at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Stoke manager Mark Hughes does not feel the time was right for Stephen Ireland to return to international football.The midfielder has said he is willi(...)

Ireland’s Kevin Doyle, Andy Reid and Anthony Stokes arrive for training in 2007 and now find themselves back in the picture for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.

Noel King admits to feeling a little bad about the way things finished with Giovanni Trapattoni but has wasted no time in asserting his independence f(...)

 Stoke City manager Mark Hughes directs his players during the Capital One Cup third round match against Tranmere Rovers.   Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes Stephen Ireland’s match-winning performance against Tranmere was just a tantalising glimpse of what he is capable of.(...)

Celtic’s Anthony Stokes could be in line for a rare Republic of Ireland call-up from interim manager Noel King.  Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

As the prospect of Martin O’Neill succeeding Giovanni Trapattoni appears to recede, interim manager Noel King has suggested he may well recall the li(...)

Stephen Ireland is considering ending his international exile under a new Republic of Ireland manager. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Ireland is willing to consider ending his international exile under the national team’s next manager.Ire(...)

Roberto Martinez and James McCarthy are reunited at Everton.  Photograph: Michael Regan/The FA/The FA via Getty Images

James McCarthy’s much anticipated move from Wigan to Everton, finally went through on Monday night, virtually on the deadline, following a game of bri(...)

Robbie Keane: will not be available to Giovanni Trapattoni for England and Georgia games. Photograph: Inpho.

The FAI has confirmed Robbie Keane will play no part in the opening two friendlies of Ireland’s end of season series of games with LA Galaxy de(...)

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