Ireland's World Cup qualification hopes received a great boost after a fighting 0-0 draw against Sweden in Stockholm last night.
Giovanni Trapattoni's 'Boys In Green' had the better of the first-half exchanges with Shane Long wasting their best chance, blasting over when he had time and space inside the box.
Everton boss David Moyes is set to put his faith in Shane Duffy as Everton enter a pivotal spell in the Blues boss' Goodison reign.
The Derry born Ireland international has been told he is right in the mix to challenge favoured pair Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin for a first-team place as the Toffees chase a top four finish and FA Cup glory.
Ireland defender Marc Wilson is hoping his Stoke City return will give him a chance to join Ireland's battle for a World cup place in Brazil in 2014. The 25-year-old County Armagh born defender expects to be available for Stoke's game at Fulham next Saturday after four months out with a broken leg.
Giovanni Trapattoni has named his Ireland squad for the Poland international friendly on 6 February at the Aviva Stadium, their last game ahead of the crucial double-header away to Sweden and home to Austria on 22 and 26 March.
New faces include Anthony Pilkington as well as Derby County trio Conor Sammon, Jeff Hendrick and Richard Keogh.
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni had named his squad for the upcoming friendly international against Greece in Dublin later this month.
The Boys In Green take on the Euro 2012 quarter finalists on the 14th Novemeber
Robbie Keane has been left out of the squad, as has striker Shane Long, who is suffering from a hamstring strain.
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni will continue with his new premiership tour this weekend when he take's in the game between Stoke and Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium.
This follows on from his visit to Norwich last week to eye-up Wes Hoolahan & Anthony Pilkington in their impressive defeat of Arsenal at Carrow Road.
The Football Association of Ireland has confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni will stay on as Ireland manager.
The association released a statement this evening confirming that the Italian would continue in his current role.
The FAI statement read: "While disappointed like everyone with the poor result and performance against Germany and understanding the frustration of some of our supporters, we believe the currnet position in the group means that qualification for Brazil in 2014 remains a realistic and achievable prospect"
"We reaffirm that Giovanni Trapattoni is to remain in charge of the national team.
Robbie Keane, Marc Wilson and Robbie Brady will start for Ireland when they take on the Faroe Islands in their World Cup 2014 qualification game on Tuesday evening in Tórshavn.
Under-pressure manager Giovanni Trapittoni is facing growing pressure from supporters, former players and the media after a dismal defeat to Germany last week and his player selection.
Ireland assistant boss Marco Tardelli is adamant that Ireland will go into their World Cup qualifier against Germany on Friday looking to secure all three points.
"We will try to win, it's normal for us. If we can win against Germany, it will be important for the team and for the country"
"But a draw?
Ireland under-19 manager Paul Doolin today announced his squad for the upcoming UEFA U19 Championships qualifying tournament.
Ireland will travel to Luxembourg next month where they will meet the hosts, FYR Macedonia and Germany in Group Five.
Thursday October 11
Ireland v Luxembourg
Saturday October 13
FYR Macedonia v Ireland
Tuesday October 16
Ireland v Germany
The top two nations qualify for the Elite Qualifying Round with the finals tournament in Lithuania next summer.
Ireland U17's secured an impressive 4-1 victory over hosts Macedonia in the second game of their UEFA Championships qualifying group in Skopje today.
Tom Mohan's side produced a disciplined and composed performance to move top of Group Ten on goal difference ahead of Sweden, who beat Romania 2-1 in the other game in the group.
Giovanni Trapattoni has named his starting eleven for tomorrow night's friendly
international against Oman at Craven Cottage.
Kevin Doyle will captain Ireland for only the second time in his career in what is an experimental
side, with a number of fringe & new players being given the opportunity to impress the Irish
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named his starting eleven for tomorrow's World Cup
qualifier in Kazakhstan
Trap has named a back four of John O'Shea, Darren O'Dea, Sean St Ledger and Stephen Ward will line
up in front of Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood.
Wigan's James McCarthy starts in a four-man midfield that also contains Aiden McGeady, Simon Cox,
and Glenn Whelan, while Jon Walters gets the nod ahead of Kevin Doyle to partner Robbie Keane up
Ireland Under-21 team boss Noel King has named his squad for the forthcoming UEFA U21
Championship qualifying Group Seven fixtures with Hungary and Italy.
The Irish face Hungary in Kecskemét on Thursday September 6 then meet the Italians in Casarano
four days later.
"We have two games to go in our group and the simply facts are that if we win the two of them we'll
get at least second place and hopefully that will secure a playoff place," said King.
Ireland Under-21 manager Noel King today announced his squad for the crucial UEFA U21
Championships Group Seven qualifying round match against Turkey.
The Irish will host the Turks in Sligo on August 14th.
King has a number of players available to him that were unable to feature in the 2-2 draw with
Italy in June while several of the squad moved to new clubs in the close season.
Ireland international defender Richard Dunne has consulted Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
for advice about whether to retire from international football to focus on his club career.
Asked if he'd considered retirement, Dunne, who is entering the final year of his Villa contract,
replied: "Yes, it has a few times.
Ireland international James McClean is already focused on Ireland's upcoming World Cup
qualifying campaign and is hoping that Giovanni Trapattoni gives him the game time so he can show
some of the excellent form witnessed at club level last season.
The Derry born winger saw only 14 minutes of competitive action for Ireland in the European
Championships but is keen to claim a starting berth in the qualifiers which starts away to
Kazakhstan in September.
Darron Gibson's move to Everton has helped to bolster his international credentials,
according to Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.
The 24-year-old Derryman impressed his experienced Italian manager as he shone during Ireland's 1-0
Euro 2012 warm-up win over Bosnia last Saturday.
Giovanni Trapattoni has named his starting eleven for tomorrow's Euro 2012 warm up game
against Bosnia and Herzegovina at Lansdowne Road Dublin.
The team includes a start for Derry winger James McClean, while as expected, Keiren Westwood steps
in for the injured Shay Given.
Darron Gibson And Glenn Whelan make up the central midfield pairing while, Kevin Doyle will parner
Robbie Keane up front.
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Richard Dunne has spoken of his excitement at making the trip to Poland for the Euro 2012
finals next month, and going head to head against some of the world's best teams.
Ireland kick-off their Euro 2012 campaign against Croatia on Sunday June 10th in Poznan.They will
then meet Spain – the tournament favourites and reigning world and European champions - in Gdansk
on June 14th before meeting Italy in Poznan on June 18th.
Giovanni Trapattoni will name his 23 man squad for the Euro 2012 finals tomorrow
And while there has been little speculation about his five forward options for the finals
(Keane,Doyle,Long,Cox, Walters), the same cannot be said about his possible choices over the
Ireland have continued their march up the FIFA rankings list. The home draw with the Czech Republic
has resulted in Giovanni Trapattoni's side moving up one spot to 18th place alongside Switzerland
in the latest world rankings announced by FIFA.
It's Ireland's highest ranking since the summer of 2005 and shows the continued progress made by
Giovanni Trapattoni during his four year reign as Irish boss.
Ireland international James McClean capped off a great few days with a man of the match display as
Sunderland defeated QPR at the Stadium Of Light.
fresh from signing a new Black Cats contract yesterday, the Derryman set up the first goal, added
one of his own before playing a crucial role in the third to secure a 3-1 victory over QPR.
Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan has spoken of his pride at becoming Stoke City's most-capped
Dublin born Whelan won his 37th cap against the Czech Republic on 29 February and that surpassed
the 36 appearances made by England goalkeeper Gordon Banks during his five-year spell with the
Ireland winger Aiden McGeady has urged Derry duo Shane Duffy and James McClean to take their chance
this week to impress Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.
Duffy and McClean were not in Trapattoni's original squad for the Czech Republic friendly, but are
now in line to make their international debuts on Wednesday night at Lansdowne Road.
Sunderland midfielder James McClean has been called into Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland
squad for the friendly at Lansdowne Road on 29 February.
McClean tweeted after hearing the news of his international call-up: "Absolutely buzzin and
honoured to be called up to represent my country.
Ireland international Keith Andrews is already eyeing up a long-term future with West Brom
following a dream debut in last week's mauling of Wolves.
Dublin born Andrews, who started his career with Wolves in 1999, playing in 72 matches over six
years, scored West Brom's fourth goal in the 5-1 rout at Molineux.
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Irish boss Giovanni Trapattoni has called Everton defender Shane Duffy into the Ireland squad for
this month's international friendly against Czech Republic at Lansdowne Road.
The 20-year-old Derry born defender will replace Richard Dunne in the 24-man squad after the Villa
defender learned he will sidelined for eight weeks with a fractured clavicle suffered during
Villa's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City yesterday afternoon.
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named a 24-man squad for the upcoming international
friendly against the Czech Republic in Dublin on February 29th.
Speaking after the squad announcement, the Irish boss said, "This game is the beginning of our Euro
"As we face this fixture, it is important for our players to remember the attitude and performance
that brought us qualification.
James McClean's Ireland international career has been given the green light by FIFA.
The move clears the way for the Derryman to be included in the Ireland squad to be announced by
Giovanni Trapattoni tomorrow for the upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic In Lansdowne Road
on February 29th.
Ireland striker Robbie Keane has already become Aston Villa's in-game gaffer by shouting out pitch
instructions to his short-term colleagues.
Keane has ingratiated himself to team-mates and fans alike with his brilliant double in the 3-2
victory at Wolves last Weekend and it capped an amazing full Villa start for the 31-year-old Irish
captain who is currently on loan from LA Galaxy.
Everton Boss David Moyes has praised the maturity of Ireland U21 International Shane Duffy after
his home Premier League debut at Goodison Park yesterday against Blackburn.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw Moyes said "Shane Duffy had a terrific game. He was arguably our best
player today and he's a young boy; we just needed a lot more in every department.
The FAI today officially confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland will play the Czech Republic
in a friendly in Dublin on February 29.
They said the friendly will be the first of two home matches to be played in the Aviva Stadium
before Ireland go to the Euro Finals in June. The second friendly will take place at the end of May
and the opposition will be revealed by the association soon.
Sunderland's experienced Ireland international defender John O'Shea has spoken of the positive
impact James McClean has had on the team since emerging on to the scene as a substitute in the 2-1
win over Blackburn on December 11.
McClean's impact has gradually increased and he has started in each of Sunderland's last three
Everton have completed the signing of Irish international midfielder Darron Gibson from
Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old Derry born international joins on a four-and-a-half year deal and will wear the
number 4 shirt.
Gibson, whose last appearance for United came in a 5-0 win over Wigan on Boxing Day, will arrive at
Finch Farm immediately and could make his debut when the Blues take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on
Despite the recent bold pronouncements by new NI boss Michael O'Neill regarding his intention to
stop players from the North opting to play for Ireland rather than his IFA team, it would seem,
going by player statements in the past week, that his misguided mission is likely to continue
falling on deaf-ears with players and supporters alike.
Ipswich boss Paul Jewell is hopeful of signing Leicester City defender Sean St Ledger after
agreeing a fee as well as personal terms with the player.
But Jewell says the 27-year-old Irish international, who has made eight league starts this term,
has a number of offers to consider.
Stephen Hunt has spoken of his excitement and the ‘buzz' surrounding the build up to
Ireland's trip to the Euro 2012 finals in Poland next month.
Speaking to Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh on the Over The Line podcast Hunt spoke of his ‘unbelievable
memories' of watching Ireland during the 1990 World Cup in Italy and the 2002 world Cup in Japan,
and his hope of emulating the player s of previous campaigns.