World Cup 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate has promised to deploy his best poker face during today’s World Cup draw in Moscow regardless of who the Three Lions must play next summer.

Here's when the 2018 World Cup draw is on and how you can watch it

The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals takes place in Moscow on Friday.

FAI confident of keeping Martin O’Neill, as Everton approach Allardyce

“There is no reason to believe that he won't sign the contract.”

Latest: 'Deeply saddening' that racism is still part of football, says Cyrus Christie

LATEST: Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie has tonight responded to racist messages targeting him on social media.

Cyrus Christie ‘in tears’ after online racist abuse

Christie was brought to tears in the dressing-room following the Denmark loss after reading the abuse on his smartphone.

Don’t write off Martin O’Neill after one freak occurrence

I can only bow down to the prophetic powers of those who say they saw Tuesday night’s Aviva apocalypse coming, writes Liam Mackey.

Who are the favourites for World Cup 2018?

The line-up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is complete after Peru became the 32nd and final nation to book their place at the finals.

Mark Kinsella hopeful for injection of new blood

Mark Kinsella feels history will repeat itself over the next 12 months when it comes to revamping Ireland’s international squad.

As the dust settles, focus now turns to Martin O’Neill's future

‘I thought that John and myself had agreed to stay on…but we’ll see.”

FAI counts cost of failing to reach Russia

Failure to reach next year’s World Cup has denied the FAI a potential €9m in prize money and allowances, thereby undermining their chances of becoming debt-free by 2020.

Scotland eye Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill

Northern Ireland face a huge battle to keep hold of in-demand manager Michael O’Neill after the Scottish Football Association yesterday made an official approach for the Armagh man.

The first thing John Delaney must rebuild is a bridge with Brian Kerr

Liam Brady believes the lack of emerging talent is linked to Kerr’s absence from an active role in Irish football and that he should be brought back into the fold.

Dunphy suggests Martin O’Neill no longer man for job as bookmakers slash odds on departure

Controversial pundit Eamon Dunphy has suggested Martin O’Neill’s tactics in yesterday’s defeat to Denmark prove that he is no longer the man for the job.

How the Ireland squad could change following World Cup exit

Ireland's World Cup exit could signal something of a watershed for a series of players.

Five key talking points after Ireland's World Cup dream ends

The Republic of Ireland's World Cup journey came to a shuddering halt last night as Denmark turned on the style in Dublin to book their ticket to Russia.

Some criticism of Ireland players 'bang out of order', says James McClean

Republic of Ireland midfielder has hit out at some of the “over-the-top beyond football” criticism of the team after last night’s 5-1 defeat against Denmark.

Darren Randolph shocked at manner of Ireland's defeat

Darren Randolph has admitted his shock at the manner of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off nightmare.

Five favourites and five also-rans for the World Cup in Russia

The line-up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is close to completion after Australia became the 31st nation to book their place at the finals.

Former players hit out at 'clueless' performance against Denmark, saying 'it was all over the place'

Former Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn questioned manager Martin O'Neill's approach after his country's dream to reach next summer's World Cup in Russia was ended following a 5-1 play-off defeat at home to Denmark.

Irish dreams crumble in face of Danish onslaught

James McClean cried the tears of a nation, crumbling in front of the cameras just as his Republic of Ireland colleagues had collapsed on a night of abject misery at the Aviva Stadium.

Martin O’Neill: We fought tooth and nail to get into this position

Martin O’Neill didn’t want to deal with questions about his future so soon after last night’s World Cup play-off loss, but such is life for a modern manager and he duly offered a word or two on what may happen next.

‘We showed we are clearly better than Ireland’

Denmark’s players — including Christian Eriksen — were all in agreement that class told in the end as Ireland’s World Cup ambitions came to a crashing halt in the most humiliating circumstances.

And to think, we could have gone 2-0 up

The moments that mattered at the Aviva last night.

The End: Italy struggles to come to terms with failure

While most soccer-loving fans around the globe will be glued to their televisions next year during the World Cup, restaurants and cinemas around Italy might find themselves extra busy during the summer.

Brazil settles for a stalemate with England

England stifled superior opponents for the second time in under a week as Brazil followed Germany in settling for a Wembley stalemate.

Martin O'Neill: 'We were well beaten in the end, no question about that'

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was proud of his players’ efforts but clearly upset despite at failing to qualify for the World Cup on a sad night for Irish football.

Christian Eriksen's treble breaks Ireland's hearts and sends Denmark to Russia

Christian Eriksen plundered a stunning hat-trick as Denmark shot the Republic of Ireland's World Cup dreams down in flames to book their ticket to Russia in emphatic style.

Six things we learned from Republic of Ireland v Denmark

Ger McCarthy shares what we learned from Ireland's clash with Denmark…

David Meyler to captain Ireland against Denmark

Martin O'Neill has named his team to face Denmark and it includes one change.

Ireland 1, Denmark 5: Check out how a nightmare night unfolded for Ireland in the Aviva

Well that didn't quite go to plan but once again Irish fans have shown they will never lose their unique spirit and sense of humour.

'My ears might fall off!' Daniel, 8, excited to be Ireland's mascot tonight at the Aviva

Daniel Bracken, 8, is very excited for Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Denmark at the Aviva.

Loosen the straitjacket and Ireland can escape to victory against Denmark

Average golfers have a saying: ‘It’s not how, it’s how many’.

Poll finds major support for all-Ireland international soccer team

A poll has found that almost three-quarters of people would support the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland soccer teams merging.

Martin O'Neill had a bit of banter with a former player at today's press conference

Martin O'Neill showed off his very individual sense of humour today.

Danish manager: We don't need to practise penalties

Danish defender Andreas Bjelland has promised that the visitors will not lack for fight if tomorrow's World Cup play-off second leg against the Republic of Ireland boils down to the final minutes or extra-time, writes Brendan O’Brien.

Here's how Ireland have fared in past play-offs

This is Ireland’s ninth time to be involved in a play-off for the right to participate at a major tournament.

Martin O'Neill talks about the qualifier going to penalties

David Meyler is convinced the Republic of Ireland will be heading for the World Cup finals in Russia.

Martin O'Neill wants Ireland to draw on past experiences

Martin O'Neill hopes the Republic of Ireland's past experiences will help them in Tuesday's World Cup qualifying play-off second leg against Denmark.

Meyler rejoins Irish squad at training

David Meyler was back training with the Republic of Ireland at Abbotstown this morning.

O'Neil insists Ireland need to score in play-off second leg

Martin O'Neil insists the Republic of Ireland must score in tomorrow's World Cup play-off second leg against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium.