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Ireland's captain has paid his respects to a young fan, who tragically died whilst supporting his team at Euro 2012, on a goalscoring return to action for LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane has paid tribute to Republic of Ireland fan James Nolan, who passed away whilst supporting his country at Euro 2012 in Poland.

The 21-year-old tragically drowned in a river in Bydgoszcz, and Irish captain Keane paid his condolences to the young man's family by raising a shirt that read "RIP James Nolan" after scoring in his side's 3-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.

Ireland's fans drew plaudits from all corners at Euro 2012 despite their team's disappointing performances at the tournament, and Keane was determined to repay this support by showing his solidarity with the Boys in Green faithful.

"It was just a gesture because the Irish people are very close and they stick with each other through good times and bad times," Keane said after the match.

"He was a big, big soccer fan and it was a shame, so it was just a show of respect really."

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