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Emotional Vincent Kompany confirms he is out of Euro 2016

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Ireland will not face Vincent Kompany at Euro 2016
Ireland will not face Vincent Kompany at Euro 2016

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has confirmed that he will miss this summer’s Euro 2016 finals.

The Manchester City defender picked up an injury in his side’s Champions League semi-final defeat against Real Madrid last Wednesday and he has now confirmed that he will miss this summer’s tournament, that was due to include a meeting with Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side.

In an emotional post on Facebook, Kompany conceded his latest injury would deny him his chance to lead his country in France.

“I'll miss the Euros. To me that's very sad news,” he wrote.

“So I could be standing here, feeling sorry for myself. I could fear for my career, as others may do. I could give up. That is not me. I decide on my future .

“There is a bigger picture to everything in life and only failing to see it, will cause me to fail.

“I am a hard worker and a fighter and if you are too, then you know that, to people like us, success can come in many forms. We trust ourselves when the going gets tough.

The news will come as a hammer blow to Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots, who has been hit by a succession of setback in the build-up to Euro 2016.

Kompany’s absence will be the biggest blow yet, with the 30-year-old defender set to be a huge loss to his national.

Here is his Facebook post in full: