Martin O'Neill and his players have jetted off to Dubai for a break from the league programme and a chance to get in some warm weather training.

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The trip to the United Arab Emirates is also to give new signings Danny Graham, Alfred N’Diaye and Kader Mangane a chance to bond with the squad.

Martin O’Neill: “We have a chance now this week to have the players working together and we’ll see how that goes on.

“It’s a chance for us do more with the new boys in particular – we haven’t had much chance to do that with the internationals on last week, and so many of our players away, and this should be valuable time for us."