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Kasper Schmeichel: 'I Can Only Have Admiration For The Irish As A Nation'

Kasper Schmeichel: 'I Can Only Have Admiration For The Irish As A Nation'

You'd wonder how Roy Keane felt as 'The Fields of Athenry' rang around the Aviva after Denmark's fourth goal on Tuesday night. It probably didn't give him goosebumps like it did for Kasper Schmeichel.

Speaking to Tony O'Donoghue following last night's 5-1 humiliation for Ireland, the Danish keeper remembered Euro 2012 when Irish fans sang despite being hammered by the Spanish. Keane called that night for Irish supporters 'not to just go along for the sing-song'.

Schmeichel added that he was gutted for the Irish fans.

I can only have admiration for the Irish as a nation. When the fourth goal goes in, they all stand up and sing 'Fields of Athenry'. It gives me goosebumps. I remember sitting in Poland in 2012 watching... I think they were playing Spain and they were 4-0 down, it gave me goosebumps and it did the same today.

On one hand, I'm obviously delighted but I'm gutted for the Irish because they're amazing fans and great people but for us it's been a long time coming and tonight we showed exactly what a good team we were.

The Leicester keeper said that the Danish attitude following Shane Duffy's goal was not to panic as they could tell that despite having the scoreboard advantage, Ireland were still under pressure.

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