Patrice Evra: ‘All the Irish people should be proud of their team’

France full-back Patrice Evra has said that Irish fans should be proud after their performance in losing to the hosts 2-1.

Evra told ITV Sport: ''It was difficult, that's why I want to congratulate the Irish team because they were tough and it was a great game. They played a good tournament and all the fans and the Irish people should be proud of their team.

"We knew it would be difficult, no one game is easy in this tournament and I knew it would be difficult today and with the win I am really happy with my team-mates but as I say I congratulate all of the Irish players.

Ireland's Shane Long takes on Patrice Evra of France. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Ireland's Shane Long takes on Patrice Evra of France. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

"In the first half we didn't play our football, so in the second half we said 'we are at home, we can't go out of this tournament and we should play our football with a lot of personality and try to win the game'.

''We were confident to not go out of this competition but we knew that if we had to die on the pitch, then that's what we'll do.

''It (England) would be a tough game again but we should stop saying it will be England, let's see.

"They play against Iceland and they are really difficult. But if it is England it will be a special game for me because I have some great memories of English football and Manchester United.

"I played nine years there and it would be special to see some of my ex-team-mates like Wazza (Wayne Rooney).''

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