Watch: James McClean speechless in emotional interview after Republic of Ireland loss in World Cup play-off
Former Derry City star James McClean was left lost for words after the final whistle at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The Republic of Ireland were beaten 5-1 by a rampant Denmark in the second leg of the World Cup play-off. RTE then took to the pitch to gather the thoughts of McClean - who was visibly emotional at his side's failure to reach next summer's finals in Russia.
"I don't know what to say," he said. "We got a great start and then - I don't know what to say. I'm devastated - not just for us but for everythone. It's been a long campaign. We just let ourselves down."
And when the interviewer reiterated that it had been an impressive campaign from the Irish, he asked was it now evident that sometimes heart and spirit is not enough:
"Maybe so - I don't know," answered McClean "Maybe the occasion. They were just better. I don't know what to say, I'm just devastated. I can't..."
Watch the emotional interview here:
"They were just better than us... I don't know what to say... I am just devastated" James McClean is still a hero but tonight will leave a scarPosted by RTÉ Sport on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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