Roy Keane tears into England fans for getting carried away

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

Football pundits and former global players Roy Keane and Ian Wright went head-to-head in an amusing live on-air debate, after England's exit to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

And while the rest of the panel focused on the positves of this first half, Keane was again reluctant to get carried away. It's been comfortable for them, but when it's comfortable you can get sloppy.

The question divided the pundits after the Three Lions fell to a 2-1 extra-time defeat against Croatia.

Roy Keane was never going to be as sure as the lads and he delivered a calm, measured response to the question.

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.

"Before the game, the whole talk was about the final, the final", began Keane, directing his comments at Wright.

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Wright, sat alongside fellow ex-England internationals Gary Neville and Lee Dixon, fired back: "Why shouldn't we get excited about it?" And I was right.

However, he was interrupted by Wright, who insisted: "We wasn't talking about the final, we were just having a laugh with ya". "You need a reality check".

"If they show enough courage, they'll win the game but they've been in this position before and messed things up so let's see", said the Cork man.

"Roy Keane is back alongside us to restore some calm", said host Mark Pougatch on Keane's return to the studios.

He said: "Get excited when they get to the final!" You know how hard it is to get to these finals or even get to the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's men still have one more game to play as they will take on Belgium in the third-place play-off on Saturday.

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