Tuesday 12 December 2017

Roy Keane's patriotic praise of the Irish team shows just how much Euro 2016 meant to him

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Tonight was the final of Euro 2016 but the pre-match coverage became a bit of a postmortem into Ireland's campaign.

Martin O'Neill was interviewed at length on TV3 about the Boys in Green's French odyssey while Roy Keane was on punditry duty over on ITV.

The Ireland boss gave some interesting answers in response to recent comments from Germany manager Joachim Low, while his assistant opened up about how much Euro 2016 meant to him.

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Keane seems to have really grown into his role with the Ireland team and has certainly developed close ties with his players, something he touched on tonight.

When asked where the European Championships rank in terms of career highlights, Keane was emphatic.

"It was one of the best of my career," he said.

"It was great working with the staff and the players were fantastic. It made me proud to be Irish."

Keane and O'Neill have agreed a deal to stay on with Ireland for the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.

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