Roy Keane drew the ire of much of England during the week, but the concern he raised during their defeat to Belgium on Saturday might be better received.
The row with Ian Wright centred on some of the English cohort’s perceived arrogance, but a second straight defeat in the rather unnecessary third place playoff sees the campaign end on a bum note.
Gareth Southgate’s men lost 2-0 to Belgium, with goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard sealing their double over England at this World Cup after their group game finished 1-0.
Danny Rose was drafted into the side, which saw five changes from their regular starting XI. The Tottenham defender could only get on the wrong side of Meunier for his opener within just four minutes though, as part of an overall dodgy defensive display, something which was not lost on Keane in the ITV studio at half time.
“Belgium look like they can score at ease, England gave a shocking goal away”, Keane declared.
“Sloppy, lazy defending. Really lazy defending. When you look at Rose’s defending on top of the centre-halves.”
His display disappointed Keane to the extent that the Irishman raised fears over Rose’s status in the game at the age of 28.
“If he doesn’t know that 28 years of age…he’s in trouble.”
Eden Hazard put the game to bed late on, with another defensive replacement in Phil Jones also coming in for criticism from the ITV punditry panel.