International football: 10 talking points from the latest round of games

Giroud is now among the French greats, Williams’s time could be up and Scotland captaincy weighs heavy on Robertson

The team sheet submitted by Mick McCarthy caused shudders. Was he really playing at home to Georgia with the 35-year-old Glenn Whelan anchoring midfield and only one forward, David McGoldrick? Yes, he was. And his plan worked a treat because those players excelled in a 1-0 win, as did most of the ones around them. The Republic of Ireland played progressive, high-tempo, joined-up football and actually looked like a coherent and confident unit. It has been more than a year since that was the case. There are bigger assignments to come, of course, but in his first match in Dublin since his return as Ireland manager, McCarthy delivered a performance that restored hope to a country that appeared to have little only a week ago. Paul Doyle

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