Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni hailed his “fantastic team” after securing qualification to Euro 2012 on Tuesday night.
Ireland claimed their place in the finals with a 5-1 on aggregate win over Estonia after a 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium .
He said: “Obviously we are all happy, the team and the supporters. It is a pity we didn’t win because we wanted to give them a good a result but we played well away from home. We continued this way without losing the game. It is a good signal for our attitude.
“This evening was another game, a tough game and we’re happy we didn’t lose. In football it is possible to concede a goal. In first half, two or three time Robbie Keane could have scored. They were not easy chances but he could have score two.
“We showed the Irish people we built a fantastic team and we deserved to qualify. We have a good team with good players. We improved our qualities. After we lost against Russia we started with a new mentality and attitude. The players believed our system.
“The team improved and they believed what we asked from them. For us that is very satisfying.”
The Irish boss is already looking forward to the build-up to Euro 2012 and picked out James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman as players he wanted to test in the starting line-up in friendly matches building to the tournament.
Trapattoni is now targeting a new contract, along with his assistant Marco Tardelli, with Ireland after completing the job of bringing the country to a major tournament for the first time in 10 years.
He revealed FAI Chief Executive John Delaney offered messages of thanks to the manager and players afterwards in the dressing-room.
“We wait now to speak to FAI for our future and we have an opportunity to continue,” Trapattoni concluded.