With the players headed for the beach and the bunting back in the attic, the lull since last Sunday’s Euro 2016 exit provides a window to assess the present and future of a team that restored credibility for Irish football.
Ireland’s disastrous showing at the last tournament four years ago in Poland meant Giovanni Trapattoni’s successor Martin O’Neill was working off a low base to lift the nation, but there was enough endeavour displayed...
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