'We let slip a fantastic opportunity' - Regrets haunt Robbie Brady after defeat to France
Republic of Ireland hero Robbie Brady was left lamenting a missed opportunity as Ireland bid farewell to Euro 2016 following a 2-1 defeat to hosts France in Lyon.
The Dubliner, who put Ireland in front after two minutes from the penalty spot after Paul Pogba clumsily brought down Shane Long in the box, could not hide his disappointment as Antoine Griezmann struck twice in the second half to send Martin O'Neill's brave side packing.
Brady was already looking ahead to World Cup qualifiers in autumn against Serbia, Georgia, Moldova and Austria.
He told RTE: "I think we all put in 100pc effort, as we did in every game. We let it slip in the second half a little bit and we are just very disappointed."
"I felt confident. I've been confident taking them and I was trying to get as close to the feeling that I had the other night as I could. I wanted to put the ball away and I managed to do that.
"A little bit disappointed at that second half. We let slip a fantastic opportunity but can't fault anyone, it's been an amazing journey and I already can't wait for the World Cup one to start."
There was an amazing ovation for the Irish players at the end of the game from the small pocket of Irish fans who never stopped singing throughout the game.
"It was unbelievable, they've been absolutely fantastic and have done everybody proud. We're such a fantastic nation and to come and perform at such a big stage for such a small nation is incredible," he added.
"They've always been amazing and just to stand there at the end and listen to them was unbelievable."