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Keane slams England defender as World Cup ends in defeat

Roy Keane has slammed England defender Danny Rose during their World Cup defeat to Belgium this afternoon.

The Manchester United and Ireland legend has never been one for keeping his opinions to himself, and has once again been at his outspoken best during this summer’s World Cup where he has been working as a pundit for ITV.

Rose was one of the most highly rated left-backs in European Football after his performances in the 2016/17 season, but after a number of injuries, controversial interviews and contract disputes, he wasn’t as effective for Spurs last season.

So far has his demise been that converted winger Ashley Young has been preferred as England’s first choice left wing-back as opposed to the 28-year-old Tottenham man.

He was afforded a start in today’s dead rubber third-placed playoff game against Belgium, but lost his man, Thomas Meunier, as the Three Lions fell behind early on in the game on their way to a 2-0 defeat.

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He was hauled off at halftime, leaving Roy Keane to rip into Rose’s performance:

“Yeah, it looks like it (Belgium are a cut above England),” Keane said.

“They certainly started the game a lot brighter, they looked like they could score at ease.

“England obviously gave a shocking goal away, sloppy, lazy defending.

“Eventually they got a foothold in the game, the first chance fell to (Harry) Kane after 23 minutes.

“But really lazy defending.

“When you look at Rose’s defending on top of the centre-halves, he’s never going to learn about the game if he doesn’t know that at 28 years of age. He’s in trouble.”

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