Alan Shearer trolls Thierry Henry over Ireland 'handball' goal

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When the Republic of Ireland earned a round of 16 tie against France at the European Championships, attention immediately turned to the prospect of revenge.

The Green Army were infamously denied a place in the 2010 World Cup after Thierry Henry scored a last-minute winning goal in a playoff using his hand.

It led to a series of controversial events that eventually saw the exposure of a FIFA bribery scandal (heaven forbid) and ultimately left a nation feeling as if they had been cheated.

Unfortunately, Martin O'Neil's men could not deliver the country its justice on Sunday as Antoine Griezmann scored two second-half goals to give France a passage to the quarter-finals.

Ireland were leading going into half-time after Robbie Brady converted a penalty in the third minute. Paul Pogba appeared to run into the back of Shane Long but on reflection, it appears as though the Southampton striker took a dive.

Alan Shearer immediately saw an opportunity to get at his fellow pundit Henry and suggested Ireland deserved the rub of the green because of, as he put it "previous decisions went against them".

Henry's reaction was comedy gold. Take a look below

Gary Lineker's quip following the laughter further increased his growing reputation as the king of puns.

The game

As mentioned, Ireland had gone into half-time with a surprise lead, but Didier Deschamps changed his formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2, moving Girezmann to a central role with Olivier Giroud.

The pair combined well for both goals with Giroud's movement freeing up Griezmann for the first and an excellent header from the Arsenal man allowing the Atletico Madrid star the chance to seal the game four minutes later.

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