Wales star Gareth Bale confirmed he hopes play in next Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Croatia, despite being withdrawn from the action after just 45 minutes on Friday night's game against Scotland at Hampden Park.
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni insists his increasingly depleted squad are capable of getting a result in the World Cup qualifier against Germany in Dublin on Friday, yet the scale of his task appears to be increasing by the day.
Ashley Cole has sparked his second Twitter controversy within a matter of days after hitting back at Alan Shearer's calls for him to be banned from Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley.
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has been rocked by the news that Darron Gibson has withdrawn from his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan after he decided he did not want to play for the veteran Italian coach.
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has admitted his nation's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals will evaporate if they lose Friday night's crucial qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm.