EURO 2016

Martin O'Neill rueing the chance that got away

EURO 2016By John Brennan
Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

The morning after the afternoon before and Irish manager Martin O'Neill is still rueing the chance that got away - to play in a Euro 2016 quarter-final in Paris next Sunday.

"I'm still a bit disappointed about yesterday," he said at a media briefing at the team's Versailles base, "disappointed that we couldn't carry it through.

"We were in a great position at half-time. The goals we conceded were not brilliant from our viewpoint but to take it all into consideration, I'm very proud of our team and the support we received. A combination of both made it really possible for something great to happen."

He will leave a decision on retirement to the older players themselves. "That decision will be up to the players but the likes of Robbie Keane, Shay Given, John O'Shea and I'd

include Glenn Whelan in that too, have been really terrific around the team. I wouldn't have been without them in that sense, it's only when you are in the tournament that you realise how influential those players can be.

"I think they took the disappointment of the third game on the chin and never let it show at all. They were the first ones up to support the team. It's entirely up to them.~"