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Gareth Southgate to make Declan Rice check in England's allegiance battle with Ireland

Wayne Rooney said Gareth Southgate is fearless for bringing in so much young talent to the England squad.

England manager Gareth Southgate is planning to make a personal check on Declan Rice during West Ham's Premier League clash with Wolves on Tuesday, sources have told ESPN FC, as the race to secure the player's international allegiance intensifies.

The 20-year-old defender, who can also play in midfield, has won three senior caps for the Republic of Ireland, but he is still eligible switch to England -- the country of his birth -- having not made a competitive appearance for the Irish.

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Cillian Sheridan joins Wellington Phoenix from Jagiellonia Bialystok

Wellington coach Mark Rudan says midseason recruit Cillian Sheridan will provide much-needed competition in his strike force for the second half of the A-League season.

The mid-table Phoenix announced on Thursday the Republic of Ireland forward has signed with them until the end of the current season.

The 29-year-old signed from Polish first division runners-up Jagiellonia Bialystok on Thursday.

Rudan says Sheridan will add depth to the squad and could possibly make his Phoenix debut against Adelaide...

Player whose death Irish amateur club falsely reported will not press charges

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Fernando Lafuente is alive and well after being falsely reported dead.

A footballer whose death was falsely reported by his former club, Ballybrack FC, will not press charges and has claimed the amateur side from Dublin did it in order to get a game postponed.

Ballybrack, who play in the Leinster Senior League (LSL) in Ireland, announced that Fernando Lafuente had died on Thursday in a car wreck. Their game against Arklow Town on Saturday was postponed and a minute's silence was held by other teams before their fixtures.

Lafuente, 29, played for Ballybrack...

Republic of Ireland confirm Mick McCarthy as manager, Robbie Keane as coach

Mick McCarthy, second from right, with, from left, assistant coach Terry Connor, FAI chief John Delaney and Robbie Keane
Mick McCarthy, second from right, with, from left, assistant coach Terry Connor, FAI chief John Delaney and Robbie Keane.

Republic of Ireland have confirmed the appointment of Mick McCarthy as their new manager, with record goal scorer Robbie Keane hired as a coach.

McCarthy replaces Martin O'Neill, who left after their relegation for League B in the UEFA Nations League, for his second spell in charge, having taken Ireland to the 2002 World Cup during his first.

The Football Association of Ireland confirmed that the ex-Wolves and Ipswich manager will be in charge for two years, before being replaced by former Dundalk...