Five of Ireland's World Cup hopefuls take part in a gloriously funny late night Twitter exchange
Ireland's players are counting down to this nation's biggest World Cup qualifier in many years, but five of Martin O'Neill's squad still found time to entertain us all with late-night Twitter exchanges at the team hotel on Sunday night.
After several players were tagged into an image featuring the Ireland midfield David Meyler, Jeff Hendrick and Harry Arter, they could not resist the temptation to start a feisty debate on their social media accounts.
Jonathan Walters and James McClean were quick to get involved in the banter that may have been more at home on a WhatsApp chat, but none of us were complaining as we lapped up the humour being shared among the five players.
It may be hard to enjoy most of the nonsense we see on Twitter these days, but this was a snapshot of fun that should be viewed as evidence that the bond between O'Neill's players is strong ahead of Tuesday night's crucial World Cup play-off against Denmark in Dublin.
The exchanges all started with this Tweet, with the responses rumbling on for a couple of hours, much to the delight of onlooker enjoying the banter:
Jonathan Walters was next to get involved as the quartet argued over their sartorial elegance and McClean then threw his entry into the mix, throwing some feisty views in their conversation because he 'was feeling left out just wanted to get involved'.
The subject turned to Meyler and Arter's increasingly competitive battles on the FIFA 2018 computer game, with the duo appearing to set up a rematch of their clash earlier this year that proved to be a big hit with online gaming fans.
Meyler has built up a huge following on his YouTube channel playing computer games and his match against Arter attracted big viewing figures, with the pair seemingly keen to create another online viral hit on Monday night after this exchange:
Hendrick then bid Walters a good night's sleep, as he sent him packing with this message:
It was all good fun, even if McClean's language in a few of his tweets was a little close to the mark, and it seems as if the Ireland lads are finding novel way to dilute the nerves before the big game at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.