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“Henderson And Rice – They Might As Well Sit With Us In The Studio”

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Roy Keane took aim at several England players on Friday evening following the team’s 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.

The former Manchester United captain was a pundit on ITV’s coverage of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague, and had some choice words for England players Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson and Danny Rose.

England suffered a surprise loss in the game, their first defeat in a qualifier for 10 years. At half-time, Keane said former Ireland international Rice and Liverpool captain Henderson had been “really sloppy” in midfield.

“They’ve been really sloppy, Henderson and Rice – they might as well sit with us in the studio,” he said. At full-time, he doubled-down on his criticism, saying England “got what they deserved” in the game.

“They started slowly, never quite recovered. Sloppy, no intensity, no fight in parts of the game. When you start the game slowly it’s a long way back. A lot of their problems were self-inflicted. We’ve seen that in a previous couple of games, and they’ve got nobody to blame but themselves.”

Keane went on to question whether players such as Harry Maguire and Michael Keane would ever stop switching off defensively. “I think sometimes these players don’t learn. You can’t keep waiting for this lads.”

He saved his strongest criticism for Rose. The former Ireland assistant manager said Rose had been both “shocking” and “abysmal” in the game.

You can watch Keane’s post-match analysis here:

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