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Heartbreaking loss of fan Darren Rodgers at Euro 2016 hit Northern Ireland players hard

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We were gutted by our opening loss to Poland but the news we received soon afterwards put the whole trip in perspective.

We were gutted by our opening loss to Poland but the news we received soon afterwards put the whole trip in perspective.

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Kyle Lafferty was a supposed injury doubt.

Kyle Lafferty was a supposed injury doubt.

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Darren Rodgers

Darren Rodgers

We were gutted by our opening loss to Poland but the news we received soon afterwards put the whole trip in perspective.

This Friday will mark the four-year anniversary of Northern Ireland's debut at the European Championship finals in France and I still can't believe how hard we had to work to lose 1-0 to Poland.

It was exhausting in the soaring heat and it still leaves me angry and frustrated to this day that we were tentative on such a huge stage.

We allowed Poland to pummel us, we hardly had any possession and there wasn't a moment in the game where we looked dangerous.