De Bruyne stays tight-lipped on Belgium fan fury

<a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Kevin De Bruyne;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Kevin De Bruyne</a> (R) reacts at the end of <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Belgium;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Belgium</a>'s 0-0 draw with Ukraine at Euro 2024 (Fabrice COFFRINI)

Kevin De Bruyne refused to comment on the angry reaction of Belgium fans after Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Ukraine at Euro 2024, insisting that "we need them" ahead of a last-16 match with France.

Belgium missed the chance to finish top of Group E after having to settle for a point in Stuttgart, with De Bruyne seemingly instructing his team-mates not to head over to applaud the supporters after the game.

The Manchester City playmaker was making his way towards the Belgium fans behind the goal before appearing to change his mind as the whistling and booing intensified.

"We need these fans, we need them against France," said De Bruyne.

"We just need them. I don't know what else to say.

"We gave it our all during the three matches, everybody wanted to win the matches. We tried to do this but we didn't manage to do so," he added.

Knowing a point was enough to send them through, albeit as runners-up behind Romania, Belgium adopted a safety-first approach in the closing minutes, fearful of a Ukraine goal that would have knocked them out.

"I think until the 90th minute we tried to find solutions... afterwards I think Ukraine had a good chance, maybe two," said De Bruyne.

"When it's one minute from the end of the match you can't take a risk. I understand people want us to win, but if I take the corner and they go down the other end and score people are going to kill me."