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Matt Le Tissier to follow colleague Jeff Stelling onto Countdown

The former Southampton star will park his Soccer Saturday durties to become the fourth professional footballer to appear on the Channel 4 show maths and letters quiz.

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Avoiding regrets driving force for Shay Given’s international return

Shay Given says a desire to avoid regrets convinced him to return to international football.

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Liam Brady: Wes Hoolahan is not our soccer saviour

Our football analyst, Liam Brady, offers a reality check after the drama of a last-gasp equaliser against the Poles— why James McClean should replace Aiden McGeady and the doubts that still persist about James McCarthy.

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James McCarthy unfazed by Dunphy and Brady criticism

The Ireland midfielder has endured a series of critical remarks before and after a mixed outing against Poland.

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Razor calls for Ireland to take risks and play soccer without fear

Martin O’Neill must take the shackles off the Republic of Ireland and let them play without fear if they have any hope of qualifying for next summer’s European Championships.

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Proud Martin O’Neill wants more of the same

Martin O’Neill had one simple message for his team after their second-half fightback against Poland had salvaged what could yet turn out to be a vital point on the rocky qualification road to France 2016.

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CAUGHT LATE: Ireland striker Jonathan Walters is tackled by Poland's Lukasz Szukata in last night's Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.Picture: Donall Farmer

Spirit warrants credit but drawing habit may be costly

At the very least, there’s absolutely no doubting Ireland’s spirit. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a fair few doubts about this team, however, and their ability to qualify for Euro 2016. 

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LATE REPRIEVE: Shane Long pokes home Ireland's equaliser in injury time at Aviva Stadium last night.

Long road remains to France ’16

Euro 2016 Qualifier Group D
Republic of Ireland 1 Poland 1
There had been a bit of debate before this game as to whether it should be properly designated a must-win or a must-not lose. 

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Liam Brady’s words ring true despite finale

A difficult night, regardless of the frantic finish. 

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Luis Suarez and Jamie Carragher

Luis Suarez: I’d only come back for Liverpool

Luis Suarez graced the Anfield turf again last night and vowed that if he ever returned to England, it would only be to play for Liverpool.

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Fabio Coentrao strikes on hour to put Portugal on top

Euro 2016 qualifier round-up          
Fabio Coentrao’s struck just after the hour to give Portugal a vital 2-1 victory over Serbia and take his country top of Group I.

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Scotland score six but Strachan admits misery

Euro 2016 Qualifire Group D
Scotland 6 Gibraltar 1
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan admitted Gibraltar made his life a “misery” after shocking the hosts with their first ever competitive goal at Hampden. 

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Germany edge towards summit

Euro 2016 Qualifier Group D
Georgia 0 Germany 2
Germany picked up a comfortable if unimpressive 2-0 win over Georgia to move to within a point of top spot in Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. 

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O’Neill: We need full points against Scots

Timing is everything, in football as well as life in general, so Shane Long’s injury-time equaliser last night ensured that a stalemate that would likely have been viewed with disillusionment prior to kick-off was suddenly being wielded as a lightning rod for contests to come. 

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Spain still bearing scars of last summer's horrors

Spain’s 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifier win at home to Ukraine did little to suggest the once all-conquering La Roja side have got over losing their unbeatable aura at last year’s World Cup.

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