Tottenham Hotspur edged Hull City in a tense penalty shoot-out to advance to the English League Cup quarter-finals, while Manchester City beat Newcastle to set up a tie with Leicester City.
Hull City clinched automatic promotion back to the Premier League in sensational fashion after a 2-2 draw against Cardiff on a dramatic final day of action in England's second tier.
An injury concern has prompted Giovanni Trapattoni to drop Kevin Foley from Republic of Ireland’s final squad for EURO 2012 and replace him with Paul McShane.
Darren O'Dea is likely to step in for Republic of Ireland's friendly against Bosnia on Saturday with Sean St Ledger, Richard Dunne and John O'Shea all unavailable through injury.
Hull City signed 26-year-old Republic of Ireland defender Paul McShane from Sunderland on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Sunderland manger Steve Bruce hopes to sign Peter Crouch, but faces an anxious wait for news, as other clubs have also made their interest known.