REPUBLIC of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman called last night’s World Cup qualifier defeat to Luxembourg ‘embarrassing’.
Luxembourg, the 98th ranked team in world football, won thanks to a late goal by Gerson Rodrigues at the Aviva Stadium.
Coleman was named Man of the Match and fronted up to address the defeat afterwards.
“It’s a shocking result, an embarrassing result,” the Killybegs man said.
“Let’s not hide behind anyone for that, that’s on us as players. We should be embarrassed.
“As players we need to have a good hard look at ourselves. You need people demanding the ball out there and I don’t think we did that enough.
“If we were building up on one side then you need people to want it out the other side. I don’t think we heard enough voices.”
The defeats by Serbia and Luxembourg have all but ended Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and they are without a win in ten games under Stephen Kenny.
Coleman said: “You’ve got to be resilient in this game. We’ve got to take what’s coming as professionals.
“It’s a tough start to the World Cup campaign but we’ve got to show some pride in the shirt. I don’t think we did that tonight.
“It’ll take a while to get over that one because it’s embarrassing, full stop.”Tags: