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Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared at Euro 2016

Martin O’Neill’s men exited the competition after being beaten by France in last Sunday’s second-round encounter.

Alessandro Florenzi, left, fights for the ball with Daryl Murphy during the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Italy and Ireland.
Alessandro Florenzi, left, fights for the ball with Daryl Murphy during the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Italy and Ireland.

Darren Randolph: Made some decent saves and could do little about any of the goals Ireland conceded — a solid performer. 7/10

Seamus Coleman: His final ball was sometimes disappointing, but was generally solid in defence and captained the side to victory against Italy. 7/10

Ciaran Clark: Scored the own goal that cost Ireland against Sweden and was deservedly dropped after the Belgium debacle. 5/10

Richard Keogh: Impressed in the 1-0 defeat of Italy, and couldn’t do much about either goal against France. 7/10

John O’Shea: Had a solid enough opening game against Sweden, but struggled to deal with the speed of Romelu Lukaku and was part of a backline that shipped three goals against Belgium. O’Shea didn’t play in the Italy match and appeared off the bench when the damage had been done last Sunday. 6/10

Shane Duffy: Was superb against Italy and in the first half against France, but some costly errors contributed to the Boys in Green’s defeat in the latter match. 6/10

Stephen Ward: Barely put a foot wrong against Italy and looked good at times against France, though five of Ireland’s six goals conceded were from the right flank, so Ward must take some responsibility for that failing. 6/10

Aiden McGeady: Didn’t get too much game time to impress, but certainly made an impact after coming on against Italy. 6/10

James McClean: Hard-working and physically robust as expected, McClean was particularly good in the Italy game, though a lack of composure in the final third let him down at times. 7/10

Glenn Whelan: Worked hard but didn’t do too much of note against Sweden, and was dropped after a lacklustre display amid the 3-0 loss to Belgium. At 32, he may now choose to hang up his boots at international level. 5/10

James McCarthy: Really came alive and produced an excellent defensive display against Italy, and was good in spells against France too, though notable mistakes in the lead up to goals against both the hosts and Belgium undermined the positive aspects of his displays. 6/10

Jeff Hendrick: Along with Robbie Brady, Hendrick has emerged as the big hope for the future of this Irish team. He was the best player on the pitch for the first half against Sweden and was also integral to the famous win over Italy. 8/10

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Wes Hoolahan: At his worst, he looked tired and lightweight, but at his best, Hoolahan seemed a class above most players on the pitch. His goal in the Sweden opener was superbly taken, while his cross for the Italy winner was even better. 7/10

Robbie Brady: Over the past year or so, Brady has gone from being a fringe member of the side to the first name on the teamsheet. His inconsistent set-piece deliveries aside, there was much to admire about the 24-year-old’s displays at Euro 2016 that saw him become the first-ever Irish player to score twice at the tournament. He now looks like earning a move to reigning Premier League champions Leicester on the back of these eye-catching performances. 8/10

France v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Round of 16 - Stade de Lyon Ireland's Shane Long (bottom right) is fouled in the area by France's Paul Pogba. Source: Jonathan Brady

Shane Long: Worked tirelessly up front often with little support — only Iceland’s Kolbein Sigthorsson has challenged for more headers — and the Tipperary native won the penalty that gave Ireland the lead against France. Didn’t score in four matches but only had scraps to feed off. 7/10

Daryl Murphy: Provided Ireland with an added physical dimension in attack after earning a spot in the team following the Belgium defeat, and gave the France and Italy defenders a few nervous moments, but still has yet to score a single goal in 22 appearances at international level. 6/10

Jonathan Walters: Ireland’s key player in qualifying with five goals, Walters never looked fully fit in his two appearances against Sweden and France, and wasn’t his usual influential self as a result. 5/10

Martin O’Neill: Made tactical and selection mistakes against both Sweden and Belgium, but got virtually every call right for the Italy game, and despite a limited team at his disposal, the Boys in Green were just 45 minutes away from dumping out the tournament hosts and favourites. 8/10

N.B. Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, Cyrus Christie, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn and Robbie Keane either didn’t play or weren’t on long enough to rate.

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