Friday, 22 February, 2019

Ian Wright Risks Knuckle Sandwich In On-Air Row With Roy Keane

Roy Keane ITVRoy Keane was joined by three England legends in the ITV studio
Kristopher Love | 12 July, 2018, 16:59

Football pundits and former worldwide 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.

The Irishman said: "You were getting carried away". You know how hard it is to get to these big finals or even get to these World Cup.

After Kieran Trippier took the Three Lions into the lead in Moscow, England are now losing against Croatia, who are 2-1 up.

The continuing refrain of excited England fans chanting "it's coming home" has been a recurrent feature of this World Cup, Keane felt that meant they were already thinking about the final and not giving respect to the games ahead of them.

Picking an argument with someone like Roy Keane is a bit like insulting Vinnie Jones' mum, not the best idea.

Former Republic of Ireland captain Keane accused Wright of "embarrassing" himself after the former Arsenal striker appeared to mock Keane's Cork accent. This was the semi-final, even at the group stages.

"You're talking about the final?"

Keane added: "And I was right".

Alongside Gary Neville, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon, Keane went to town on an England team in danger of spurning their best chance of reaching a World Cup final in a few generations (of players, at least): 'It's back to the old England'. You needed a reality check.

'We wasn't talking about the final, we were just having a laugh with ya.

Stones is very comfortable on the ball, but you've got to have the art of defending, and I always talk about players smelling danger. "You've never been to a World Cup finals".

The quartet of former footballers were last together earlier in the tournament and viewers got a real kick out of Keane telling his colleagues to cool the jets after they beat Panama 6-1.

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.