Lloris comments on France's upcoming game with Republic of Ireland

France's Hugo Lloris attends a news conference

The Tottenham goalkeeper is set to captain the European Championship's host country in the last-16 match this Sunday.

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Tottenham Hotspur and France captain Hugo Lloris has been discussing his country's upcoming international match with the Republic of Ireland with the media, as reported by RTE, a match loaded with significance because of recent history.

Lloris was in goal when the two nations met in Paris in 2009 in the playoffs for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. France had won the first leg in Dublin 1-0, but found themselves behind on the night with the Irish taking the match into extra time through Spurs legend Robbie Keane's goal in the first half.

France's Hugo Lloris attends a news conferenceFrance's Hugo Lloris attends a news conference

Infamously though, Arsenal favourite Thierry Henry blatantly handled the ball in the Irish box at the end of the first half of extra time, before crossing for William Gallas to score what would turn out to the the winner.

The Irish players and supporters were livid that the goal was allowed to stand, and the fallout from the goal was ferocious, only ending when FIFA paid the FAI a settlement sum reportedly as high as £4 million, according to ESPN.

The knockout stage rematch in this summer's Euro 2016 tournament is in Lloris's former home of Lyon, but the Spurs goalkeeper has played down suggestions that the game is all about settling the wrongs of the 2009 game.

"I don't know if the Irish are necessarily out for revenge," Lloris is quoted as saying by RTE. "That's part of history, that's in the past.

"Tomorrow's fixture is part of the European Championships at home and we have noticed since the start of the tournament, we are a little bit the team to beat. That does give the opposition added motivation to try and bring down the host nation.

Tottenham's Hugo LlorisTottenham's Hugo Lloris

"That is no doubt going to be another aim for the Irish, but we're not focused on that at all, we're preparing very calmly on our side of things and tomorrow we need to make sure that we are ready for the battle."

Ireland went on to qualify for Euro 2012, where they disappointingly went out in the group stage, but were unable to make it to the World Cup in Brazil two years later. Having made this year's Euros under new management, they will now have the chance to avenge what they see as a great injustice, and even if several figures in the Irish camp have suggested it is not a motivating factor, in reality it is likely there will be a little bit more fire in the belly than a normal fixture.

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