Mick McCarthy has been appointed Republic of Ireland coach for the second time. The former Millwall, Sunderland, Wolves and Ipswich boss returns to the post he held between 1996 and 2002 as he succeeds Martin O’Neill in the Ireland hot seat. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the 59-year-old’s career in pictures.
England Under-21s will discover their Euro 2019 fate in Italy on Friday with boss Aidy Boothroyd keen for his Young Lions to be the talk of the town.
England Under-21s discover their opponents for Euro 2019 when the draw is held in Bologna on Friday.
Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala will give Argentina fans a “lot of joy” after scoring their debut goals in a 2-0 victory over Mexico, coach Lionel Scaloni said.
Mauro Icardi found the net in the opening two minutes as Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 for the second time in five days.
France manager Didier Deschamps said he was glad his side finished 2018 on a positive note after a 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay in Paris.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini admitted he had feared another goalless draw after his side’s 1-0 friendly win against USA in Belgium.
Brazil boss Tite lauded the impact of Richarlison after the Everton forward struck in the 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon in Milton Keynes.
Ryan Giggs accused his Wales players of complacency after an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Albania.
Olivier Giroud’s second half penalty clinched France a 1-0 friendly win against Uruguay in Paris.
Late substitute Matteo Politano’s stoppage-time goal clinched Italy a 1-0 win in their friendly against the United States in Belgium.
Neymar could be an injury doubt for Paris St Germain’s Champions League clash with Liverpool next week after limping off during Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon in Milton Keynes on Tuesday night.
Wales suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Albania as Ryan Giggs’ first year in charge ended on a low note in Elbasan.
Mexico interim boss Ricardo Ferretti has sent his best wishes to whoever takes the job full-time ahead of the friendly against Argentina in Mendoza.
Brazil boss Tite has praised Neymar’s maturity since handing the Paris St Germain forward the captaincy.
Italy head coach Roberto Mancini is expected to take a look at the next generation in Tuesday’s friendly against the USA in Belgium.
Kylian Mbappe is targeting a positive end to the year with France after admitting no outfield player shone in the defeat to Holland last week.
Spain boss Luis Enrique is happy with the direction the team is heading, despite missing out on a place in the Nations League finals.
Brais Mendez scored on his debut as Spain beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 at Estadio de Gran Canaria.
Wales have called up exciting Manchester City teenager Rabbi Matondo for their friendly in Albania.