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That kiss! 17 pictures that sum up the men's international football year

Not surprisingly Euro 2016 dominates.

Ireland started the year with a 1-0 friendly win against Switzerland in a largely empty Aviva Stadium

Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Though Kevin Doyle’s Euro 2016 hopes were left hanging by a thread after a gruesome leg injury

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

A few days later, Ireland needed two penalties to secure a 2-2 draw with Slovakia as Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s Euro 2016 squad began to take shape

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Ireland’s final pre-Euro 2016 friendly took place in Turner’s Cross, though it was not the send off the team would have wanted as they lost 2-1 to Belarus

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

After which O’Neill announced his Euro 2016 squad to the assembled media

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Ireland opened with a frustrating 1-1 draw with Sweden, a game they could have — perhaps should have — won

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Worse was to follow as a 3-0 hammering by Belgium left Ireland in real danger of not getting out of the group

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Last up was Italy and Ireland were left frustrated as it looked like the dream of qualification was beginning to slip away

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

But then Robbie Brady stepped up and headed Ireland into the knock-out stages

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And found his girlfriend and brother in the crowd

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Against the hosts France, Ireland made the perfect start with another Brady goal

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But then Antoine Griezmann took over and Ireland’s adventure was over

Source: Jonathan Brady

Robbie Keane brought an end to his remarkable Ireland career with a 68th goal against Oman in his final international

Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

O’Neill’s men began their qualification for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-2 draw away to Serbia

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

And followed it up with wins over Georgia…

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

And Moldova…

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Before rounding out the year on top of Group D after a 1-0 win away to Austria

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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