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England’s friendly with Ireland is pointless and a terrible mistake

It is hard to see how the summer match in Dublin, even taking into account the wider recent political process of reconciliation, can be considered a good idea • England call up Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin • Mindless chanting is a sadly familiar story On the face of it there are plenty of good

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England see important future role for Jack Grealish, says Roy Hodgson

• Manager would consider fast-tracking midfielder into squad • ‘If he wants to play for England we’d be very happy to take him’ • England call up Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin Roy Hodgson has revealed the concerted efforts the Football Association is making to persuade Jack Grealish to

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Burnley midfielder Steven Reid to retire at end of season

• ‘It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement’ • Played almost 400 games and was capped for Ireland The Burnley midfielder Steven Reid has announced he will retire at the end of the season. The 34-year-old joined the Clarets last summer but has made just seven appearances for th

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Would Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish pass the Roy Keane Ireland test?

Young Grealish has been pulling on a green shirt since he was 14. English or Irish? Maybe he feels a bit of both, and maybe that requires understanding rather than condemnation. But he can’t keep us waiting too long • Jack Grealish rejects Republic of Ireland call for June matches On the grand

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The Joy of Six: sporting insults

From Arsène Wenger’s dismissal of Sir Alex Ferguson to Roy Keane’s rant at Mick McCarthy, via Craig Bellamy on John Terry: here are half a dozen put-downs People are funny, and as such, care about funny things; principally, themselves. But people are also funny, and as such, say funny things;

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Derry City 0-2 Galway Utd

First-half goals from Padraic Cunningham and Jake Keegan give Galway United a 2-0 victory over Derry City at the Brandywell.

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