Katie McCabe revealed she told her Republic of Ireland team-mates not to stop believing after the heartache of missing out on the World Cup.

Ireland suffered two defeats to Norway in the last week, including last night away from home on a 1-0 scoreline.

McCabe was part of the post-match huddle among the players and told RTÉ Sport of what was said: "I was just telling them to keep believing. We have a great set of players. Some very experienced players like Aine getting her 100th cap today and Izzy (Isibeal Atkinson) making her debut.

"We have great strength in depth and I know we can move forward. Since Colin came in we have made progress in leaps and bounds which has been terrific. I know we can learn more and eventually qualify, and look at next time in the European qualifiers.

"We've been doing well away from home obviously, with the draw against Netherlands, and it's only a 1-0 loss here so we are getting close and in touching distance. We need to be pushing ourselves, getting fitter, and we can challenge to get to World Cups and European qualifiers in the future."

Reflecting on the game, McCabe said it was a improved display from the 2-0 defeat in Tallaght Stadium on Friday but that Ireland needed to do better in front of goal.

"I think we're just lacking that bit of composure that we have to learn from"

"We knew it would be a difficult game coming over. We wanted to react, including myself personally, from the disappointing performance on Friday night.

"I should have slotted the chance home late on and we've had chances all game. I think we're just lacking that bit of composure that we have to learn from."