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Ireland’s heroes dominate Sunday World back page

Sunday World back page

Sunday World back page

The Republic of Ireland’s magnificent triumph in Austria takes top billing on the back page of this weekend’s Sunday World, as we salute our heroes in green after their 1-0 win in Vienna.

John Brennan was in Austria to capture the mood of the night, with Roy Curtis and Kevin Palmer adding to our comprehensive coverage of a win that edges Ireland a giant step closer to the 2018 World Cup finals.

Ireland legends Paul McGrath, John Aldridge and Kevin Moran are part of our packed sports pull-out, which also includes a world exclusive interview with Everton manager Ronald Koeman, conducted by Kevin Palmer.

Ken Lawrence asked the pressing questions surrounding Jose Mourinho's Manchester United reign, while we also pick out the best seven players in the Premier League so far this season.

Our GAA coverage is spearheaded by Pat Spillane and we also have comprehensive reports from a a thumping win for Ireland's rugby heroes against Canada in Dublin.

You will not want to miss this weekend's bumper Sunday World.

Bastian Schweinsteiger set to finalise move to new club

Schweinsteiger on his way to America's MLS?

Schweinsteiger on his way to America’s MLS?

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s is inching closer to waking up from his Manchester United nightmare after he was spotted meeting with MLS chiefs.

The German World Cup winner joined the Red Devils from Bayern Munich in 2015 as part of former manager Louis van Gaal’s midfield reconstruction, which also included the arrival of Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.

However, after an injury-stricken first season in England, where he only featured 15 times in the Premier League, Schweinsteiger found himself exiled to train with the under-23s under new boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho made it clear the 32-year-old had no future with the club, despite bringing the German back into the first-team training squad recently – if only to ensure he is fit enough to be signed by another club in January.

And that club looks certain to be from the MLS, with Schweinsteiger photographed meeting Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic in a Manchester restaurant.

The pair held a four-hour lunch on Wednesday with, according to the Daily Express.

However, the MLS club refused to confirm the report but a spokesman did confirm that Paunovic is travelling through Europe on a scouting trip at present.

Schweinsteiger is currently on a reported wage of £180,000-a-week at Old Trafford and would be expected to take a significant pay-cut if he moves to America.

Arter ends the ‘nonsense’ with sparkling Ireland display

Arter made his mark with an all-action display in Austria

Arter made his mark with an all-action display in Austria

Harry Arter declared he was delighted to banish the ‘nonsense’ over his international future after his first competitive start in Ireland’s crucial win against Austria.

Arter turned in a hugely committed display as he ended rumours that he may be tempted to make a switch to play for England and he clearly relished his debut in Ireland green.

“It was a great result,” the Bournemouth midfielder told Sky Sports. “I wanted to make my competitive debut and I wanted it to come with a good result, so I am pleased.

“We knew coming here that if we got a result, we would put ourselves in a really good position. Austria are going to find it tough to get qualified now and we are in a great spot.

“A few of the lads mentioned before the game that we did not have a great record here, so we wanted to put that right. We were not great in the first half, but we put that right after the break when the manager had some words with us and we showed what we are about and we got the goal we deserved.

“There was a bit of negativity around the results against Georgia and Moldova, but they were tough games.

“Now to come here, you might take a draw before the game, but we battled away and got the result and now we are in great shape.

Arter was caught up in a media storm last month amid rumours that he was on the brink of walking away from the Ireland set-up in a bid to launch an international career with England.

Yet the midfielder told the Sunday World that he had no intention to give up on his Ireland dream and now he is relieved to have made his mark in one of the great away wins in Irish history.

“To me, it was all just nonsense and it wasn’t anything I took seriously,” added Arter of the rumours that he might have turned his back on an career with Ireland.

“The most important people and the manager didn’t take it seriously and those kind of stories won’t have to come out any more.”

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