Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

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

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

That caution proved to well founded as Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor fired Croatia into Sunday's final against France as England's expense in a tense semi-final in Moscow, with Keane biding his time before revisiting his previous discussion with Wright.

Keane believe Wright and fellow former England internationals Lee Dixon and Gary Neville took the Croatians too lightly before the game - and clearly was agitated in the aftermath by their jokey manner. England have reconnected with their supporters and found a young team they can admire while reaching a World Cup semi-final.

As England face Croatia in their biggest match for nearly three decades, there's something distracting fans watching at home - Roy Keane's tan.

"I made the point a few weeks ago, I know a bit tongue-in-cheek but you have to focus on one game and football's coming home".

Keane replied: 'I don't mind you being happy, but you were getting carried away.

Keane added: "And I was right. We were just having a laugh with you", Wright said in his famous London accent.

The Ireland assistant manager said: "We've talked about how comfortable England are playing out from the back and while Stones is comfortable on the ball you still have the act of defending - players can smell danger".

As Keane built up steam, Wright interrupts to insist he never declared England were going to win the World Cup.

England are out of the World Cup and Roy Keane is reminding everyone when they should be happy. It was the semi-final, group matches. 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.

Let's hope Wrighty and Keano are sat next to each other on the plane home from Russian Federation.

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