VIDEO: Tearful James McClean 'devastated' after Denmark thrash Republic of Ireland
A tearful and emotional James McClean said he was "devastated" after the Republic of Ireland were beaten 5-1 by Denmark in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday evening.
The defeat means Ireland miss out on a place at the World Cup finals in Russia next year.
A dejected McClean spoke to RTE sports journalist, Tony O'Donoghue, after the game.
"I don't know what to say," said McClean emotionally.
"I am just devastated - not just for us but for everyone.
"It's been a long campaign but we just let ourselves down.
"I don't know what to say - I am just devastated."
Derry man, Shane Duffy, put Ireland in front in the sixth minute but the Danes replied with two goals inside three minutes to leave the score 2-1 at half-time.
Denmark and Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder, Christian Eriksen, added insult to injury when he completed a hat-trick in the second half.
Substitute Nicklas Bendtner scored Denmark's fifth goal from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.
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