Luuk de Jong denies Republic of Ireland morale-boosting win over Holland

Please, can we get on with the finals? The Republic of Ireland moved into the last phase of their seven-month fine-tune for Euro 2016 by letting slip what should have been a comfortable victory in the closing stages but it has long since reached the point where supporters are desperate for the real business to begin.

The main idea of the evening was for Martin O’Neill to consider the merits of a clutch of fringe players, with his squad still not finalised, and the midfielder, Harry Arter, seized the occasion with a man-of-the-match display.

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