Back to reality for Norwich City’s Robbie Brady
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Robbie Brady admits his starring role for the Republic of Ireland was the stuff of dreams, as the focus shifts back to his Norwich City future.
The Irishman is being heavily touted with a big-money summer move to Premier League champions Leicester City after becoming his country's two-goal top scorer at Euro 2016 in the Republic's run to the last-16.
The 24-year-old is not scheduled to link up with the rest of Alex Neil's squad for pre-season until after a well-deserved post-tournament break - where the Dubliner will reflect on a career-changing experience.
'It was definitely in my dreams (to make that impact),' he said. 'For me personally to get a couple of goals, I'll always be able to look back on them. Not just the goals, there are different moments, like at the end of the France game, standing in front of the fans; it's something you'll never forget.
'I'm sad to see it finish, to be honest. We gave ourselves a great chance and maybe tiredness showed, not only in terms of our legs but with a couple of decisions that cost us. It is such a proud feeling, a proud tournament, to be involved in. Every one of the lads gave a great account of themselves throughout. We are really sad to finish now but there are definitely positives to take from it.'
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Brady is likely to spearhead the Republic's bid to reach the 2018 World Cup after emerging as a key figure under Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane in France.
'I think we will take some positives from this. We can see that we have some quality players. You hear things about the future not being so bright, but we showed that we have got a bit about us,' he said. 'We will accept nothing less than getting out of our World Cup group and representing the country on the big stage again, and letting so many thousands of Irish fans come and show what they are about.'
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