DERRY’S Shane Duffy says he is proud of the part he played in helping the Republic of Ireland reach the Euro 2016 knockout stages.
And he has vowed to learn from the red card he received in the 2-1 loss to France on Sunday.
The Blackburn defender was handed his competitive debut and just his fourth senior cap in the 1-0 victory over Italy, which booked them a last-16 clash with the hosts in Lyon
Ecstasy turned to agony for Duffy when he was sent off for bringing down France’s goalscoring hero Antoine Griezmann after the Atletico Madrid forward had scored twice to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.
His edge of the box tackle prevented Griezmann netting his hat trick and a third goal for France.
But the former Everton trainee, who almost lost his life after a freak training injury in 2010 caused him to lose more than 3.5 litres of blood, is desperate to continue his education in international colours.
“I felt like I could play at this level. I felt comfortable out there,” Duffy said.
“I feel like I have done all right, but the red card hasn’t helped me.
“I have tried to make a challenge for the ball. It’s difficult because if I don’t make it or if I leave it they score. It’s football. It’s a matter of inches.
“It’s disappointing for the way it finished for me in the second half.
“I’ll stay positive after it, I’ll hold my head up high after it and learn from my mistakes and try to do better next time.
“It’s been a great experience for me coming in so late. To play a part is special,” he added.Tags: