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Monday 11 December 2017

ROY SLAMS PLAYERS

IRELAND'S 4-0 defeat to Spain and subsequent exit from Euro 2012 prompted an angry outburst from the former national captain who has urged players to 'change their mentality'.

Ireland became the first team to be eliminated from Euro 2012 as world champions Spain utterly outclassed them last night following Sunday's 3-1 defeat by Croatia.

Talking on ITV1 soon after the game in Gdansk, former Republic of Ireland international Keane said: "It's a reality check for a lot of the Irish players.

"I think a lot of them think they're top players, and it goes to show that they're so far behind a lot of these players.

"I think the players and even the supporters, they all have to change their mentality. It's just nonsense from players speaking after the games about how great the supporters are.

"Listen, the supporters want to see the team doing a lot better and not giving daft goals away like that. I'm not too happy with all that nonsense.

"To praise the supporters for the sake of it ... Let's change that attitude towards Irish supporters.

"They want to see the team winning -- let's not kid ourselves, we're a small country, we're up against it, but let's not just go along for the sing-song every now and again."

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