James McClean has assured Republic of Ireland fans that the players are hurting just a much as they are.
The West Brom winger has posted a message on social media following last night's bitterly disappointing World Cup play off defeat to Denmark.
McClean admits the Irish team's performance was not good enough, but he has hit out at those who he claims have stuck 'the boot in to kick players and staff when they are down.'
Last night is going to hurt deep for a long long time, nothing can change or make what happened last night right, of course everyone is entitled to voice their opinion because it was simply not good enough from us on the night, we know that ourselves, but to stick the boot in and kick players and staff when they are down ( players and staff have been great servants to this country, players and staff that have qualified for a major tournament and was unlucky to be knocked out to a great team in the last 16, players and staff that was one game from making it to a world cup, players and staff that would give anything for this great country! ) with some over the top beyond football comments is bang out of order, hurting or not and trust me when a say this we hurt every bit as much as you do.. i am proud and honoured to be a irish man and to call everyone of these men fellow country men and team mates! Like a said this will hurt deep, we have been written of so many times before an just like before we will bounce back! 🇮🇪