Roy Keane tears into England fans for getting carried away

Ross Houston
July 12, 2018

Keane had missed the last few games of ITV's coverage from Russian Federation but he will be there for the final, on Sunday, and was in-situ for the semi-final clash between England and Croatia. He reckoned everyone was already planning for the final after England went further than they had ever done in a World Cup since 1990.

England were knocked out of the tournament by Croatia after their European rivals fought back from 1-0 down to win in extra-time.

Wright, for his part, defend his right to get excited in ITV's coverage and took revenge by mocking Keane's accent.

"Before the game, all the talk was about the final and France", the former Manchester United star said during ITV's post-match analysis.

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

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

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

The Irish pundit, not known for his sympathetic outlook, told Wright - who missed out on the 1994 World Cup finals when England failed to qualify - that he has "no idea what it's like to get to a final".

Wright argued in return: "We wasn't talking about the final, we were just having a laugh with you".

"In football you've got to respect the opposition but also smell when they're there for the taking. We were happy, you weren't happy for us to be happy at that time".

"It is ridiculous, you are a grown man, you have played this game". England have reconnected with their supporters and found a young team they can admire while reaching a World Cup semi-final. This game can kick you where it hurts, and England will have to suffer that tonight.

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