Martin O’Neill joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Thursday ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s fixtures against England and Scotland.Ireland take on the Three Lions in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, before welcoming the Scots six days later in a Euro 2016 qualifier.O’Neill says he will use the game against England to give the opportunity to some squad members to impress, but insists he is determined for his team to put on a good show in both games.He also discusses Jack Grealish’s international future, with the Aston Villa starlet yet to decide whether to commit to Ireland or England.
Andrej Kramaric Leicester have allowed club-record signing Andrej Kramaric to join Hoffenheim on loan for the rest of the season.Much was expected of the 24-year-old when the club beat Chelsea to the striker’s signature last January, with the Foxes paying Rijeka £9.5million for his signature.However, Kramaric has struggled to find his feet at the King Power Stadium and now will spend the rest of the season with the side bottom of the Bundesliga table.The Croatia international told Hoffenheim’s official website: “I’m very excited about this chapter with TSG and the Bundesliga and want to play my part in keeping the team up.”Kramaric has made just five appearances this season for the high-flying Foxes, with his only goal coming in a 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Bury.Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri understands the striker’s desperation to get first-team football, especially with Croatia playing at Euro 2016 this summer.“Andrej has the European Championships to think about this summer, so it’s important for him that he has the opportunity to play,” he said.“He is a fantastic player and a great professional but, in this moment, we have other strikers that are playing well.“I spoke with him to understand what he wants to do and a loan is a solution that works for everybody. We will watch him closely at Hoffenheim.” 1
Going back to the clink: LaffertyA NOTORIOUS Donegal burglar has been given an extra two months behind bars after making a death threat – in court!Matthew Lafferty has a string of previous convictions for breaking into homes and drugs offences. The 22-year-old is serving a five year sentence for an aggravated burglary at a home in Co Mayo in which he terrorised an elderly couple.That conviction followed his arrest her for terrorising a pensioner near Kilmacrennan.Letterkenny District Court heard that during a court appearance there on September 9 last year Garda Brendan McMahon had witnessed the threat.“It was at 10.45am and Mr Lafferty was seen holding his hand up and making a cut throat gesture in the direction of a Mr Dean Kelly. He could also be seen mouthing words ‘I’m going to kill you’.Lafferty, formerly of Ballykeeran Kilmacrennan and now with an address at Castlerea Prison, admitted one charge of threatening behavior in a public place.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher told Judge Paul Kelly: “Mr Lafferty is no stranger to the court and to yourself.“He is now 22 and he has spent a considerable period of his life in custody, mainly due to his savage drugs and drinks addiction.“He has committed numerous offences – one of them as we know even in this court.”Mr Gallagher said Lafferty had a “very short fuse” but was making progress in prison and was now drugs free.“There is no defence on this charge – it was done in full view of everybody. He has a substantial criminal record at this stage; and work is underway to prevent it getting any longer when he gets out. We are on the right track.”Judge Kelly jailed Lafferty for another two months.2 EXTRA MONTHS BEHIND BARS FOR BURGLAR WHO MADE DEATH THREATS IN COURT was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaljailejailedLetterkenny Circuit CourtMatthew Lafferty