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Roy Keane pleased with James McClean

James McClean has been added to the Irish panel for next week’s game in the US against Mexico — at his own request.

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Roy Keane ‘shocked’ by Manchester bombing

Roy Keane has expressed his shock at the Manchester bombing atrocity and also revealed his reservations about how much football can hope to achieve in the face of such horror.

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Was this Wayne Rooney’s farewell?

Wayne Rooney appears to be facing the end of his time with England and Manchester United, having “more or less” decided his future at Old Trafford and been exiled from Gareth Southgate’s latest squad.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hoping to make it third time lucky in final

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been forced to grow accustomed to injury-induced disappointment throughout a career littered with enforced absences.

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David Luiz: Chelsea return was a gamble that paid off

David Luiz says he took a pay cut to return to Chelsea, but the defender believes his decision has been vindicated as the Blues chase a Premier League and FA Cup double on Saturday.

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Conor McCormack goes from Super Hoop to Cork City's action man

Cork City midfielder Conor McCormack admits he still has a soft spot for Shamrock Rovers but there will be no mood for sentiment from the league leaders at Turner’s Cross tonight.

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Vic Wakeling revolutionised sports TV coverage and paved the way for the Premier League's global domination.

Obituary: ‘Vic Wakeling unlocked the office doors in the morning and turned off the lights at night’

Former Sky Sports managing director, Vic Wakeling, television broadcasting and football pioneer.

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LIAM MACKEY: Just like ‘69, men against boys

Ajax, creators of their own legend, were largely authors of their own downfall in Stockholm last night, writes Liam Mackey.

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GERRY COX: Jose Mourinho reconnects with the winning habit

It was not the Busby-inspired brilliance of Best and Charlton, nor a dramatic late victory in Fergie time, but Jose Mourinho’s side did what they needed to do in order to lift the Europa League trophy for the first time, qualify for the Champions League and, more importantly, give a much-needed morale boost to the devastated city of Manchester, writes Gerry Cox.

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Declan Rice is eager to impress Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane

Ireland newcomer Declan Rice says he is trying to impress Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane in Cork this week but there are no plans for the centre-back, eligible through his late grandparents from Douglas in Cork, to travel to America next week.

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No final farewell for Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists winning the FA Cup on Saturday would be a triumph for Arsenal’s late-season resurgence and not the perfect end to his time at the club.

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Lee Power hails Waterford progress

After watching his Swindon Town side plummet into English League Two earlier this month, owner Lee Power is hoping his Waterford FC side can bring him better news this weekend.

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Chelsea cancel planned title party following Manchester terror attack

Chelsea have cancelled Sunday’s planned title victory parade in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

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A moment of normality as United show spirit of Manchester

Ajax 0 - Man United 2: IT was Jose Mourinho’s fourth European final victory in four attempts, a personal triumph for Paul Pogba and a victory that led Manchester United into the promised land of next season’s Champions League.

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John Caulfield: ‘Mé féin’ attitude is hindering League of Ireland

Cork City manager John Caulfield believes Irish teams have the potential to make huge strides in the Europa League and Champions League but warned club managers must first lose their “mé féin” attitude for the good of the league.

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Manchester United hope ‘missing piece of silverware’ saves season

It is one of the great ironies of football, but also a tribute to the pragmatism of Jose Mourinho, that the Europa League, a competition once much derided by Manchester United fans from their heady perch, today holds the future of their club so firmly in its grasp.

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Sam Allardyce leaves job as Crystal Palace manager

The 62-year-old, who only took charge at Selhurst Park on December 23, guided the Eagles to safety on May 14 following a 4-0 defeat of Hull, who were relegated as a result.

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Cork City keepers Mark McNulty and Alan Smith step into Irish breach

Cork City goalkeepers Mark McNulty and Alan Smith are literally lending a helping hand to the Irish cause.

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Ajax and the Irish connection

Ajax’s first professional coach was Wicklow native John Kirwan, who allegedly played a key role in choosing the club’s iconic white shirt with a red vertical strip.

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