Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has agreed a two-year extension to his contract, the Irish Football Association has announced
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Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill does not expect the appointment of Martin O'Neill as Republic of Ireland boss to impact on player eligibility – a touchstone of O'Neill's tenure at Windsor Avenue has been his attempt to stem the flow of Northern Irish-born talent to the Republic.
– Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill on namesake Martin.
It doesn't really matter who is in charge of the Republic in terms of the eligibility question.
My focus, pure and simple, is to make sure that our young players know what we are trying to do as an association and what we are trying to build with our younger players in terms of giving them the chance of having an international career.
I know most of our young age-group footballers by name and have worked on the training pitch with them and hopefully that is a help.
"I've spoken to Martin on a few occasions and he was very helpful to me before I took this job and since.
Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has joined Serie B side Palermo from Sion on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old Northern Ireland international scored five Super League goals in a single season with Sion, who were managed for part of the 2012-13 campaign by recently-appointed Rosanero coach Gennaro Gattuso.
England have maintained their position in the top 10 of FIFA's latest world rankings.
Roy Hodgson's side remain in seventh spot after a month of limited international football showed very few changes to the rankings.
All the top 10 spots remain the same, with Spain top ahead of Germany, while the Republic of Ireland (39th place), Wales (49th) and Northern Ireland (119th) are also unchanged.
Scotland however have dropped a place to joint 78th after being leapfroggred by Senegal.