Seamus Coleman: "We just hope we made people back home proud"

The Ireland defender was bitterly disappointed that his side were unable to hold onto the lead against France

Ireland, France, Euro 2016,

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After a disappointing loss to France, Seamus Coleman was clearly feeling that the game against France was 'one that got away'. 

A visibly emotional Coleman spoke after the game and stated that the whole team will be headed home with a feeling that they had left something behind, and were bitterly disappointed with how the game had panned out in the second half. 

Having taken a very early lead through a Robbie Brady penalty, Ireland played well throughout the rest of the first half and kept France at bay. However, attacking changes from Didier Deschamps at the break paid off as France's class showed through, with Atletico Madrid man Antoine Griezmann grabbing two goals, and forcing a red card from Shane Duffy.

"We're disappointed," said Coleman, "we felt like it was there for us today. We gave our all going into this tournament. We're just so disappointed at the minute. I supposed that shows how well we've done."

"Our fans are unbelievable, we would have loved to go a little bit further for them [...] We just hope we made people proud because our fans are amazing and everyone back home is amazing, and we're just disappointed we couldn't see it out."

Referencing that there had been a number of Ireland fans left without tickets to the game, Coleman stated that those who did manage to get into the stadium made enough noise for those who had been left outside: 

"We only had a little corner of the ground and they were so loud and so positive. It's a special bond between the fans and the players."