Brady sets sights on World Cup after Euro 2016 disappointment

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The former Manchester United youth was a key player for Martin O'Neill's side in France and is keen to ensure that Ireland reach that stage again

Republic of Ireland goal-hero Robbie Brady has already turned his attention towards the 2018 World Cup after the Boys in Green were eliminated from Euro 2016.

Brady made history when he scored the fastest penalty in European Championship history to put Ireland 1-0 up against tournament hosts France at Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday, becoming the first Irish player to score consecutive goals at the tournament in the process, following his winner against Italy.

However, the Norwich City man's goal was not enough as France responded in the second half, with Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann scoring twice to send Martin O'Neill's side home.

Despite the disappointment of elimination, Brady insisted that there are "definitely positives to be taken" from Ireland's performance at Euro 2016 and is determined to represent his country "on the big stage" again in Russia.

"It's very disappointing and I'm just sad to see it finish now, to be honest," the 24-year-old told reporters. "We gave ourselves a great chance early on and maybe tiredness showed, not only in legs but in a couple of decisions in the second half that cost us. I can't fault anyone though, there's no blame to be shed on any one person." 

Brady continued: "Every one of the lads gave a great account of themselves throughout the tournament. Obviously it's very sad to finish now, but I think there's definitely positives to be taken.

"Personally, to get a couple of goals that I'll always be able to look back on... it's not just goals, there are different moments. Even at the end, just standing in front of the fans, it's something you'll never forget, so thanks to them for giving us that moment.

"You can see that we've got some quality players. You hear things about the future not being so bright, but I think we went out there and showed that we've got a bit about us today.

"We'll be accepting nothing more than getting out of the World Cup group and representing on the big stage again, letting so many thousands of Irish fans show what they're about as well." 

Ireland get their World Cup qualifying campaign under way in September away to Serbia.

 

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