It is funny how things change.
Defeat for the Republic of Ireland in Vienna on Saturday would not be fatal in a group that appears destined to go down to the final set of games, but it would still represent a considerable blow, not least because Austria are stacked with problems of their own.
Ronald Koeman has advised James McCarthy to put club before country and withdraw from the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Austria.
O'Neill is frustrated that the Everton manager has seemingly blamed him for McCarthy's current injury troubles.
Ronald Koeman’s concerns over the fitness of James McCarthy have been realised with the Everton midfielder facing an extended spell on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.
Ronald Koeman has issued a scathing attack on Martin O’Neill’s treatment of James McCarthy and accused the Republic of Ireland of “killing” the Everton midfielder.
Damien Duff''s own goal cemented Newcastle's relegation in 2009, so it's hardly surprising that he wishes he'd remained at Chelsea.
The Republic of Ireland’s chances of qualifying for Russia in 2018 are looking rosier after they overcame a mid-match wobble in Moldova to record an eventually comfortable victory, thanks to James McClean’s two second-half goals.