Never one to mince his words or miss the chance to rain on somebody else’s parade, Roy Keane was quick to offer some much needed perspective to England fans last night.
Gareth Southgate’s men have got off to a excellent start to their World Cup campaign and have already booked their place in the last 16. England won their opening group game in a major tournament for their first time since 2006 when a last minute header by Harry Kane secured a 2-1 victory over Tunisia in their first outing.
Yesterday the Three Lions then played some decent stuff as they slaughtered a shockingly poor Panama side 6-1 in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium to set up an intriguing Group G decider with Belgium this coming Thursday.
After going into the tournament with expectations at an all time low due to years of disappointing performances at major tournaments, it’s fair to say a lot of Three Lions fans have been losing the run of themselves a bit after a couple of good results, with social media feeds awash with talk of ‘’Football’s coming home.”
Keane has instead urged his former ITV colleague Gareth Southgate to keep things simple and not get caught up in all the hype, while the Irishman also couldn’t resist the chance to get a dig in at Gary Neville and Ian Wright for getting about carried away with their Country’s chances of winning the World Cup.
“If I was in Gareth’s shoes, I wouldn’t try to be too clever,” he told ITV Sport.
“I’m kind of bored of the lads all night thinking they’ve already won the tournament.
“I would just say keep it simple. Focus on the next game, try and win the next game. Don’t worry about the last 16, quarter-final, final.
“Don’t try and please everybody and give all the lads in the squad a game.”
England will face any either the winners or runners up of Group H in the second round which will be either Japan, Colombia or Senegal. On paper at least Southgate’s squad will more than likely fancy their chances against any of these opponents, although the last time the Three Lions one a knock out match at a World Cup or Euros was in 2006 against Ecuador.
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) June 24, 2018