Callum Wilson is determined to make his mark for England after fighting back from two serious knee injuries to become one of the country’s hottest attacking talents.
Wayne Rooney hopes his England farewell could be repeated in the future for the likes of current captain Harry Kane.
Robbie Brady is desperate to put a testing year behind him as he prepares to make his first Republic of Ireland appearance since his World Cup dream went up in smoke 12 months ago.
Martin O’Neill will send the Republic of Ireland into friendly battle with Northern Ireland on Thursday evening looking for a morale-boosting end to a difficult year.
Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier has withdrawn from the England squad for the matches against the United States and Croatia with a groin injury.
Seamus Coleman has urged his Republic of Ireland team-mates to end a difficult year on a high by gaining revenge on Denmark for their World Cup heartache.
Jonny Evans revealed he often still thinks of “big inspiration” Roy Keane when he is on the pitch ahead of Northern Ireland’s meeting with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.
Martin O’Neill is to speak to winger James McClean amid fears that he could be targeted by Northern Ireland fans over his decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy.
Leicester’s Demarai Gray has returned to the England Under-21 squad for friendlies against Italy and Denmark.
Wayne Rooney heads a squad named by England manager Gareth Southgate for the upcoming games against the United States and Croatia – with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson called up for the first time.