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The View From Georgia: Weiss Will Be Planning ‘Smash And Grab’ Victory Against Ireland

Ireland have relied on luck and last gasp heroics against Georgia in the past. Alastair Watt gives Póg Mo Goal the inside view from the visitors to Dublin. – What are the hopes for the current qualification series? The realistic aim is for Georgia to avoid bottom spot and anything higher than fifth would be a good outcome. Moldova are perceived as beatable …

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Glen Johnson’s Surprise England Comeback Is Over Already

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 07: Glen Johnson of England in action during the International Friendly match between England and Honduras at the Sun Life Stadium on June 7, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Glen Johnson was one of the biggest surprises in Gareth Southgate’s first squad as England manager. The Stoke City defender had not played for his country since 2014, but was drafted in as a replacement for injured Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne. Yesterday, Southgate explained the decision, arguing that Johnson’s vital experience was a key factor in the 32-year-old’s shock inclusion. However, …

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Two New Faces In Ireland’s 33-Man Squad To Face Georgia And Moldova

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 25: In this handout image provided by UEFA, Republic of Ireland head coach Martin O'Neill faces the media during the Republic of Ireland press conference on June 25, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)

Martin O’Neill has this morning confirmed his Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers next month. The two fixtures, against Georgia at the Aviva on October 6th and Moldova in Chisinau three days later, will see the Boys in Green looking to build on the point gained in Serbia in what was generally a poor performance, despite the 2-2 …

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World Cup Round-Up: Portugal Lose, France Held To Surprise Draw

(R-L) Antoine Griezmann of France and Moussa Sissoko of France can't believe it as another chance goes begging during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Belarus and France at Borisov Arena on September 6, 2016 in Borisov, Belarus. (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport) (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

The final wave of opening European World Cup qualifiers took place tonight, as Euro 2016 finalists Portugal and France both got their respective campaigns underway. In Group A, France took on Belarus in Barysaw, looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the European Championship on home soil. However, it was to be a frustrating night for Didier Deschamps’ …

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World Cup Round-Up: Wins For Italy And Wales As Spain Score Eight

Spain's forward Diego Costa (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the WC 2018 football qualification match between Spain and Liechtenstein at the Reyno de Leon Stadium in Leon on September 5, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

The second wave of European qualifiers’ opening weekend took place tonight, as 2006 winners Italy and 2010 champions Spain got their respective campaigns underway. In Group D, Georgia and Austria began proceedings in the early kick-off. In what could have been a very tricky tie for an Austrian side still reeling from a poor Euro 2016, first half goals from Marc Janco …

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Serbia 2-2 Ireland: Player Ratings From A Frustrating Night In Belgrade

Ireland's national football team players pose prior to the World Cup 2018 qualifier football match Serbia vs Ireland in Belgrade on September 5, 2016. / AFP / Pedja MILOSAVLJEVIC (Photo credit should read PEDJA MILOSAVLJEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Republic of Ireland took on Serbia tonight as their qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup got underway. Martin O’Neill’s side got the best possible start after just  four minutes, as Jeff Hendrick’s volley deflected off Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic and past goalkeeper Pedrag Rajkovic. Serbia grew in attacking threat from there on out, and but for some poor finishing could …

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Ireland V Serbia: Confirmed Lineups, And A New Irish Number 10

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 26: The Republic Of Ireland team pose before the UEFA Euro 2016 round of 16 match between France and the Republic of Ireland at Stade des Lumieres on June 26, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/UEFA via Getty Images)

The Republic of Ireland begin their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign tonight with a tricky tie against Serbia in Belgrade. Martin O’Neill’s side are still on a high from an impressive Euro 2016 campaign, but know that they will face a battle tonight against a Serbian side looking to make up for their dismal European Championship qualifying attempt. For tonight’s …

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Here’s Who Ireland Need To Watch Out For Against Serbia

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Valon Behrami of Watford battle for possession with Dusan Tadic of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary's Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Much of the lead up to this opening group qualifier has been based around who will not be on show for Serbia but there are still plenty of names familiar to Irish fans that the Boys in Green will have to be wary of. Like Ireland, most of Serbia’s high profile players are based in England. Aleksandar Kolarov and Nemanja Matic are …

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