Robbie Keane held back tears as he addressed hundreds of fans yesterday at Dublin Airport.
After losing out on our Euros dream, the Republic of Ireland team arrived back to an incredible homecoming at Dublin Airport – and Irish captain Robbie Keane moved the crowd with a touching speech.
“On behalf of myself and the players, it’s been an incredible journey, unfortunately we didn’t make it to the next stage, which we obviously wanted to do,” Robbie said as he held back tears.
“I’m a very, very proud Irishman today,” he said in a video posted by Balls.ie.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart and from the bottom of the players’ hearts and the journey is only beginning with these young players.
“You don’t see what goes on behind the scenes. These players are desperate to do proud for their country and they have done that. I am very, very happy as captain of this country to say that because it brings tears to my eyes and makes me feel like a very, very proud Irishman.”
An official homecoming ceremony has yet to be organised.
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