England more likely to win World Cup than Argentina or Belgium, says study

Spain can be considered favourites for the 2018 World Cup while Gareth Southgate's England are the fifth most likely to win the tournament, according to research group CIES Football Observatory.

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Indian fans buying more World Cup tickets than English - despite India not qualifying

Almost 400,000 World Cup tickets have been sold in the latest FIFA allocation, but England fans have remained reticent buyers.

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Almost half of England football fans believe the team should boycott Russia 2018 - survey

Nearly half of all England fans surveyed believe the national team should boycott this summer's World Cup in Russia following the poisoning attack in Salisbury, a poll has found.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Six things we learned from Republic of Ireland v Denmark

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

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David Meyler to captain Ireland against Denmark

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

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Meyler rejoins Irish squad at training

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

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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.

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Croatia shut down Greek attack to secure World Cup place

Greece 0 Croatia 0 (Croatia win 4-1 on aggregate) Croatia comfortably negotiated the second leg of their play-off tie against Greece with a goalless draw sealing their place at next summer's World Cup.

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Heartbreak for Northern Ireland as Swiss end their World Cup dream

Northern Ireland have failed to qualify for the World Cup after they drew the second leg of their play-off with Switzerland 0-0, resulting in a 1-0 aggregate loss.

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5 things we learned from Denmark v Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland returned from Denmark with their World Cup hopes finely poised after the first leg of their play-off ended in stalemate.

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Irish fans tell how they got past security to cheer on Boys In Green amid Denmark supporters

The 2,400 fans singing in the away end of the Parken Stadium were certainly not the only Irish supporters who witnessed yesterday's battling draw in Copenhagen.

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Cyrus Christie: We are 'full of confidence' ahead of play-off after keeping Denmark 'quiet'

Cyrus Christie has challenged the Republic of Ireland to win the World Cup war against Denmark after edging the battle in Copenhagen.

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Martin O'Neill admits Ireland may need two goals to qualify

Martin O'Neill has warned the Republic of Ireland they may have to score twice to beat Denmark to a place at the World Cup finals in Russia.

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Martin ONeill: Playing away from home is always difficult

Martin O’Neill was pleased with his side’s defensive effort in achieving a 0-0 draw away to Denmark in Saturday night’s World Cup play-off in Copenhagen.

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Ireland V Denmark: It's all to play for in Dublin

There was one team trying to play football in the Parken Stadium tonight and another trying to stop them. No prizes for guessing which was which.

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Ireland V Denmark: Things to watch out for next Tuesday

The Republic of Ireland possesses more play-off experience than any other European country and that will be crucial in the second leg at the Aviva.

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Darren Randolph praised as Ireland hold off Danish attack in Copenhagen

Ireland have drawn with Denmark in their opening leg of their World Cup play-off.

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Irish fans show their colours ahead of World cup play-off

Copenhagen was awash with green as Irish fans mounted a friendly invasion for Saturday's World Cup play-off clash with Denmark.

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Martin O'Neill: There is 'an inner self-belief' in the camp

Martin O'Neill is backing his Republic of Ireland players' "inner self-belief" to see them through their World Cup qualifying showdown with Denmark.

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‘Mini Christmas’ if Ireland qualifies for World Cup

Ireland qualifying for next year’s Fifa World Cup Finals in Russia would be a “mini Christmas” for local business around the country, boosting the local economies by millions.

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Italy face missing out on World Cup after first-leg defeat by Sweden

Italy must beat Sweden at San Siro on Monday to have any hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia after Jakob Johansson condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Stockholm.

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Wife of Northern Ireland defender apologises for racist tweet targeted at referee

The wife of Northern Ireland defender Corry Evans has apologised - after she posted a racist tweet about the Romanian referee in last night’s play-off defeat to Switzerland.

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Reaching World Cup would be the pinnacle for Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill says reaching next year’s World Cup in Russia would rank alongside his best achievements as Republic of Ireland manager.

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Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel expects Ireland to play in Roy Keane’s image

Kasper Schmeichel is expecting the Republic of Ireland to play in Roy Keane’s image as they attempt to edge past Denmark and reach the World Cup finals.

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How do Denmark shape up ahead of the World Cup playoff clash with Ireland

The Republic of Ireland squad launch their latest bid for play-off glory on Saturday evening when they face Denmark in Copenhagen with a place at next summer’s World Cup finals at stake.

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Here are the main talking points ahead of Saturday’s clash with Denmark

Denmark stand between the Republic of Ireland and their dreams of a trip to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

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Quiz: Can you match these classic footballs with the tournaments they came from?

Adidas has revealed the football that will be used at the 2018 World Cup.

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Will Irish fans be singing this catchy tune on Saturday?

You can’t have a World Cup campaign without some catchy chants.

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Quiz: How much do you know about Ireland’s appearances at the World Cup?

From that famous win over Italy to Roy Keane’s bust-up with Mick McCarthy, it’s all here…

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Controversial penalty costs Northern Ireland in play-off first leg

Northern Ireland experienced their own Thierry Henry moment in a World Cup play-off as Switzerland gained the upper hand in Belfast with a controversially-awarded penalty.

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'Have no regrets' is Michael O'Neill's message for World Cup play-off

The Northern Irish team are bidding to reach their fourth global finals, and their first since 1986.

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Harry Arter hopeful 'massive players' will win fitness battle in time for Denmark test

Arter is optimistic that Ireland teammates Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward will be fit for Saturday's World Cup play-off.

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Paul McShane has scored a thunderbolt in Ireland training

Ireland may be short on attacking options, but Martin O'Neill probably wasn't expecting Paul McShane to be the man to put up his hand for a forward role.

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