Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Roy Keane Didn't Have Much Sympathy For 'Sloppy' England After Loss

Roy Keane Didn't Have Much Sympathy For 'Sloppy' England After Loss

Manchester United legend Roy Keane and Arsenal icon Ian Wright clashed after England's World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia.

"I didn't mind you being happy but you got carried away, planning the final, where the parades would be". It's been comfortable for them, but when it's comfortable you can get sloppy.

It was pretty clear that Keane had been waiting for his moment to bite back at Wright after his early tournament confidence had become more than a little tiresome and when he picked his moment, he went with all guns blazing.

Keane, the former Republic of Ireland captain who infamously walked out on the squad during the build-up to the 2002 World Cup, was clearly irked by Wright, who resorted to the lowest form of attack in any argument - imitation.

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The spat, coming directly after England's loss in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, prompted a strong reaction from viewers.

"You're talking about the final?" And I was right.

Wright, sat alongside fellow ex-England internationals Gary Neville and Lee Dixon, fired back: "Why shouldn't we get excited about it?" "You need a reality check".

England are out of the World Cup and Roy Keane is reminding everyone when they should be happy. "We were just having a laugh with you", Wright said in his famous London accent.

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Following the match, ITV pundits discussed some of the key areas where the game was won and lost, but Roy Keane was adamant that John Stones was to blame.

One said: "You could learn from Roy Keane, try being open and honest and telling the truth".

The Three Lions looked set for a World Cup final when Kieran Trippier netted a sensational free-kick inside 5 minutes. "People weren't even expecting us to get to the semi-final, why couldn't we have got excited about being in there?"

The game was then decided late into extra-time when Juventus star Mario Mandzukic broke the hearts of a nation and sent Gareth Southgate's men home.

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