Republic of Ireland’s date with destiny approaches

Brian Kerr’s Republic of Ireland have left for Cyprus ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier on Saturday The squad flew out to Cyprus this afternoon without Gary Breen, who will stay with his club Sunderland and have treatment on a calf injury. Meanwhile, Steven Reid and Steven Carr both missed training. Carr has been given time off by manager Brian Kerr due to a family bereavement, but will be travelling to Cyprus.