England manager Gareth Southgate

Roy Keane hails ‘class’ Southgate but says England missed a ‘huge opportunity.’

Roy Keane rarely has anything positive to say about anybody but even the grumpy former Manchester United captain thinks England boss Gareth Southgate is a class act.

Irishman Keane has been dominating the headlines for his on air argument with fellow ITV pundit Ian Wright in the last 24 hours.

However, when Southgate gave his post match interview after his side had lost the World Cup semi-final 2-1 to Croatia, Keane could not speak highly enough of the Three Lions boss, although he was adamant that England missed a massive opportunity to get to the final in Moscow on Sunday:

“He’s hurting. A class interview from a class guy, we can’t say any more about Gareth. He’s taken defeat like the guy we know he is, a top man,” Keane told ITV.

“But he’ll know deep down that this was a huge opportunity for England to get to a World Cup final, and they might never get a better opportunity.

“OK, he’s proud of the players, they’ve done fantastic, and they’re young and they’ll be better for it because defeat is part of football, but they’ve missed a huge opportunity.”

Keane has obviously changed his opinion of Southgate over years due to their time together working as pundits for ITV – especially when you consider he was once sent off for this stamp on the now England boss during their playing days.

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