EURO 2016: TOP STORY

Roy Keane is happy enough to channel Jack Charlton but not remotely interested in invoking Thierry Henry, as Ireland close in on their mouthwatering European Championship knockout clash with hosts France in Lyon tomorrow afternoon.

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Roy Keane: 'We'll put 'em under pressure'

Roy Keane is happy enough to channel Jack Charlton but not remotely interested in invoking Thierry Henry, as Ireland close in on their mouthwatering European Championship knockout clash with hosts France in Lyon tomorrow afternoon.

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Shane Long: ‘I’m well used to getting battered’

There is no limp as Shane Long walks into the Complexe Sportif Montbauron.

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France wary of wily Wes Hoolahan’s ‘brilliant left foot’

France have pinpointed Wes Hoolahan as the Ireland player they need to thwart if they’re to prevail in tomorrow’s Euro 2016 last-16 tie.

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Daryl Murphy would replicate Thierry Henry handball

Daryl Murphy wouldn’t hesitate. Not for a second.

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Poland boss stands up for misfiring Robert Lewandowski

Poland coach Adam Nawalka doesn’t want his star striker Robert Lewandowski compared to Cristiano Ronaldo as he searches for his first goal of Euro 2016 against Switzerland in St Etienne today.

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Nani says Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to turn it on for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to take Euro 2016 by storm, according to his Portugal strike partner Nani.

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Martin O’Neill: Players weren’t ready to come home

Martin O’Neill believes if Ireland can reproduce the performance they put in against Italy, they have a real chance of knocking out host nation France in Lyon on Sunday.

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Goal hero Robbie Brady savours prospect of Paul Pogba reunion

Tears welling up in his eyes, Robbie Brady paused to reaffirm Ireland’s tendency of thriving in the face of adversity. It’s hardly surprising the trend has surged since his arrival on the scene given the personal history he’s endured in overcoming the odds.

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Belgian blues still linger with wary Shane Long

Euphoria swept through the Irish squad following Wednesday’s victory over Italy, but Shane Long was unable to banish the Belgian blues as he looked ahead to the challenge posed by France in Sunday’s Euro 2016 last-16 tie.

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Stephen McPhail: Hoops ready for City blitz

Having failed to turn up at Turner’s Cross when the sides last met in April, Stephen McPhail knows Shamrock Rovers have a point to prove as well as points to gain when Cork City visit Tallaght Stadium tonight (8pm).

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Robbie Keane: Time we got over Hand of Gaul and go and knock them out

Robbie Keane will not cast his mind back to Thierry Henry’s controversial handball for one second as the Republic of Ireland attempt to dump hosts France out of Euro 2016.

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From lowest ebb to James McCarthy’s finest hour

James McCarthy has outlined the extent of his disappointment at last week’s showing against Belgium, admitting it left him feeling the lowest in his career.

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Will magnificent Dimitri Payet end our Euro voyage?

Plenty of reasons have been propounded for Dimitri Payet’s meteoric rise from international underachiever to France’s outstanding player at Euro 2016 — but the best words to explain it probably came from Didier Deschamps.

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Cautious England practice penalties

England are intensifying penalty practice ahead of the Euro 2016 knockout stages, with Wayne Rooney honing his technique by trying to beat the goalkeeper after telling him where he is putting it.

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Northern Ireland can win the lot, reckons Kyle Lafferty

Northern Ireland’s last-16 date with Wales in Paris is not being viewed as a French farewell for Kyle Lafferty as he thinks Michael O’Neill’s men can go all the way.

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Stephen Ward: Players fired up by chance to take on hosts

Only once has the Republic of Ireland faced the host nation in a major tournament. The opportunity to do so again was a powerful motivating tool for Martin O’Neill’s players as they prepared to face Italy in Lille.

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Vanishing spray on way to League of Ireland

The SSE Airtricity League takes a big step this evening into stopping players stealing small steps at set pieces, with confirmation vanishing spray will be used in the Premier Division and First Division.

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Begrudging Italians admire ‘insistent’ Jeff Hendrick

Italians digested their first defeat under Antonio Conte yesterday with a tonic made up of equal doses of criticism and admiration.

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TV verdict: ‘It’s Stuttgart, it’s New Jersey, all rolled into one’, says George Hamilton

Italy in Lille. Them again, after the Stadio Olimpico, Giants Stadium and whatever accursed Poland region of hell it was that we’ve tried so hard for the past four years to forget about. Ireland have a new centre-half pairing and a new strike force. The RTÉ panel are dubious.

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Rich reward for Martin O’Neill’s bravery

This wasn’t just about the Republic of Ireland qualifying for the knockout stages of Euro 2016. This was about crossing a Rubicon.

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Michael O’Neill: Northern Ireland too tired to be euphoric

Michael O’Neill admitted Northern Ireland’s Tuesday night celebrations were subdued as they discovered they had advanced to the last 16 at Euro 2016 despite losing to Germany in Paris.

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Martin O’Neill had never felt more pride in watching a team of his from the sideline

Seamus Coleman’s face was the first indication. Skipper for the first time, the Killybegs defender exuded intensity as he stood in the tunnel before kick-off. Teeth grinding, eyes locked on the task ahead, there was a certainty in Ireland’s performance there and then.

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Reaction to Ireland's #Euro2016 win has been insane. Here's some of the best

Irish fans are in dreamland following Robbie Brady's late winner against Italy which saw the Boys in Green set up a last-16 tie with the host nation, France.

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Dramatic Robbie Brady winner sets up French reunion

Liberté. Egalité. Bouncebackabilité. And, while we’re at it, this was simply magnifique. Tres magnifique.

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