Euro 2016: France, Ireland downplay Thierry Henry sport forward of final 16 clash

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Lyon, France: Both a Republic of Ireland and France camps have played down Thierry Henry’s barbarous handball, though Irish fans will be anticipating for punish in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final 16 clash.

It was during a Stade de France in Paris on 18 November, 2009 that Henry used his palm — twice — to control a round in a buildup to William Gallas’ late goal.

The incident, dubbed ‘Le Hand of God’, helped sign France’s 2-1 total win and left Irish fans feeling attacked of a 2010 World Cup place.

Both squads still enclose players who were concerned that night.

France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, defenders Bacary Sagna and Patrice Evra and striker Andre-Pierre Gignac all started, while Moussa Sissoko and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda were new substitutes.

For a Irish, Shay Given, John O’Shea, Glenn Whelan and Robbie Keane started a match, while Aiden McGeady came on in extra-time.

Both teams have claimed that a occurrence 6 years ago will have small temperament on Sunday’s tie in Lyon.

“A lot of H2O has left underneath a overpass given then,” pronounced France’s partner manager Guy Stephan.

“Of march we have discussed it, though we overtly don’t consider it will impact on a game.”

Irish trainer Martin O’Neill took a identical line, though certified his side’s ‘Green Army’ of supporters wish revenge.

“I consider we have motionless to forget about it — that’s something entrance from Ireland,” a Ireland trainer said.

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“It will be a articulate indicate obviously, though we don’t consider it will regard us when we play a game.”

The Irish have a few damage concerns.

Full-back Stephen Ward has an ankle damage from a 1-0 win over Italy that warranted a last-16 berth and sat out Friday’s training.

Jon Walters has a bruise Achilles tendon, though ran out with a team.

Robbie Brady wrote himself into Irish football folklore with a headed leader in a feat over Italy, a 24-year-old’s late bid sparking furious scenes of jubilee in a track and during home.

“It creates me feel unapproachable of where we come from and (for me) only to be a small partial of a story of that is unbelievable,” pronounced a Norwich City midfielder.

But Ireland’s partner manager Roy Keane says his group will have to compare their opening opposite Italy if they are to strike out a horde republic during a Stade de Lyon.

“If they perform a approach they did a other night, we’ll give ourselves a chance,” pronounced a ex-Manchester United midfielder Keane.

“We were in there fighting, though we need energy.

“We need to tighten people down, win a round behind and when we do get it back, we need to take caring of it.”

“We’ll hurl a sleeves adult and get on with it. We’ll be ready.”

‘Payet for president’

The esteem on offer for a leader is a quarter-final opposite England or Iceland, who play on Monday.

France manager Didier Deschamps has been given food for suspicion in midfield.

A eloquent arrangement in a goalless pull with Switzerland means Newcastle United midfielder Sissoko is pulling to keep his place during Blaise Matuidi’s expense.

Despite a low-key start to Euro 2016, Juventus’ Paul Pogba was one of a few French stars to gleam opposite a Swiss as he strike a woodwork twice.

The form of West Ham brazen Dimitri Payet has left by a roof in his horde country, interjection to his goals in a wins over Romania and Albania.

In a arise of those performances, French repository ‘Society’ has ran a cover with his conduct photoshopped on a physique of France’s boss Francois Hollande underneath a title “Payet for president”.