Roy Keane sticks the boot into England after World Cup exit

first_imgWhile Luka Modric and co. will be preparing for the Final against France on Sunday, it is the Third Place play-off against Belgium for Gareth Southgate’s side.And Keane, who was part of ITV’s punditry team, was in mood to offer his sympathies to England.In an amusing exchange with former England striker and fellow pundit Ian Wright, the Irishman said: “You were planning the final, where the parades were. You need a reality check.”After Wright responded, Keane went on: “Just take it one game as it comes. Take it a game at a time. You’ve no idea what it’s like to get to a finals, or even get to a World Cup. You’ve never been to a World Cup finals.” 2 Yes Roy Keane, saying what every Scottish, Welsh and Irish football fan was thinking #ENG— 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Gordon Strachan🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@weeGordieStrach) July 11, 2018The former Manchester United captain went on to insist England should be kicking themselves for failing to take their opportunity to reach a first World Cup final since 1966.“Harry Kane made a point about the next step they’re trying to take,” he said.“The next step they’re trying to take is the biggest step, trying to get to the World Cup Final. The hardest step, by far.“And they didn’t show enough quality tonight, England. “We praise them and I think the opportunity was there to win the game, but having that opportunity and taking that opportunity is another challenge.“And they didn’t do that.”Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Keane was famed for his tenacity on the pitch – particularly his will to win.In 2002, he was sent home from the Republic of Ireland squad in Saipan for quarrelling with boss Mick McCarthy over the standard of the training camp.And, knowing boss Southgate as he does, the 46-year-old admitted the Three Lions boss will be analysing this defeat for weeks.He added: “They will be kicking themselves, maybe not tonight because they’ll be sore and they’ll be raw, but when Gareth gets back over the next few weeks with his staff, they’ll back and go; ‘maybe we could have done something differently.’“But you always have that mindset after you get beat.“It was just a step too far for them.” Although the Three Lions went 1-0 up, the influence of Luka Modric swung the game the way of the Croatians center_img The England players are inconsolable after the defeat to Croatia Roy Keane believes England did not show enough quality to beat Croatia on Wednesday night, and hit out at those who got carried away by the Three Lions’ World Cup run.Gareth Southgate’s side came up short in their bid to reach the final in Russia as Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time winner sealed a 2-1 win for the Croats. 2last_img read more