Sport Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, pictured here at an earlier match, refused to comment on the decision

The Black Cats lead 2-1 after the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final

Keith Andrews and Shane Long of the Republic of Ireland look disheartened after Germany's sixth goal goes in

Trapattoni in crisis after Germans run riot in Dublin

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 6

Dawn Purvis, programme director of Marie Stopes Northern Ireland in the new Belfast clinic

End of an era as Ireland's veterans pass the baton

If tonight's match feels difficult and disconcerting for the Republic of Ireland, it will not just be because of the German opposition. This qualifier at the Aviva Stadium is the start of a new era for Irish football, or at least a preparation for one.

Seamus Coleman (left) and James McCarthy will both start against Germany

End of an era arrives as Republic Ireland's famous four of Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff and Robbie Keane pass the baton

If tonight's match feels difficult and disconcerting for the Republic of Ireland, it will not just be because of the German opposition. This qualifier at the Aviva Stadium is the start of a new era for Irish football, or at least a preparation for one.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni upbeat despite mounting Republic of Ireland injury list

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni will spend the next two days devising a plan to guide his injury-hit side past the might of Germany.

Premier League Match Report: Complete Kolarov slays Sunderland

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 0: Mario Balotelli's sulk was the only off-note in a harmonious display by Roberto Mancini's men

Reptile ace 'stable' after snake bite

A world-renowned reptile expert and TV wildlife personality had to be airlifted to hospital after he was bitten on the leg by a deadly 10ft king cobra.

<b>Robbie Keane: </b>Not afraid to get back and help out, but lacked service. When he did have the ball, he lacked incision and spark. Tripped by Schildenfeld, but penalty claim wrongly dismissed. Replaced by Long with 15 minutes to go. 6

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane in confident mood ahead of Spain meeting

Robbie Keane has warned Spain the Republic of Ireland will be ready for whatever they intend to throw at them.

Foley feels 'betrayed' by Trapattoni over Euro 2012 axe

Kevin Foley felt “betrayed” by Giovanni Trapattoni's decision to leave him out of the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012.

Shay Given

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given to see knee specialist

Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given will travel to London tomorrow to consult a specialist over his knee injury.

Sunderland’s Martin O’Neill urges his players to seize FA Cup chance

Sunderland losses reduce dramatically

Sunderland have recorded an overall loss of £7.8million as they prepare for the implementation of UEFA's financial fair play rules.

Thierry Henry celebrates after scoring the last-gasp winner

Henry underlines wisdom of return with last word in Arsenal revival

Sunderland 1 Arsenal 2

Wes Brown joined Sunderland over the summer

Alex Ferguson relishing return of Wes Brown and John O'Shea

Sir Alex Ferguson is looking forward to welcoming two members of his old guard back to Manchester United tomorrow.

Trapattoni drops absentees from Euro squad

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has left James McCarthy, Marc Wilson and Jon Walters out of his squad for next month's crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers against Slovakia and Russia.

Bruce targets Carling Cup glory

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce will attempt to put the misery of another derby disaster to one side as he targets Carling Cup glory.

Food aid reaches only one in five of Somalia's starving

Civil war and Islamist militias are preventing convoys from bringing relief to the most needy
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