EURO 2016

Roy Keane reveals what his post-match mood after Italy was all about

EURO 2016By John Brennan
"I looked happy. You're happy. It's called being happy.. Try it! It's good.
"I looked happy. You're happy. It's called being happy.. Try it! It's good.

Roy Keane shut down the notion he was crying after the win over Italy, explaining he was simply 'happy'

When asked about his 'emotional' reaction after the game, Keane said: "I looked happy. You're happy. It's called being happy.. Try it! It's good.

 "Ah, there was too much of a song and dance because we were happy and we were celebrating because we won a game of football.

"I'm always hugging people," continued the Irish assistant manager, "but never there never seems to be that many people around. I'm always hugging my dogs and my family. We were happy."

Asked how close he is to Martin O'Neill, Keane had no trouble expanding on that. "Not that close, we don't keep in touch, we don't go for meals together but we have a great professional relationship. After the game, we've won, what do you do? And if we get a result against France we'll be doing the same. It's a normal reaction when win a game. It's silly that everyone seems to make a song and dance about that".

Keane also spoke up on behalf of the Irish supporters who are finding it very hard to get tickets for Sunday's big game.

And he put to bed any notion that Thierry Henry and the events of seven years ago had anything to do with this match. In answer to a French journalist he said, "we don't have that mentality. Revenge doesn't come into it."

He also confirmed that while Jon Walters trained with the rest of the group today Stephen Ward did not and went for treatment on an ankle injury.

Ward must now be a huge doubt for the contest against France.