Roy Keane is praised for 'saying it how it is' after England match

ITV pundit Roy Keane is praised by fans for ‘saying it how it is’ by suggesting England have ‘no excuses’ for tepid show against USA in World Cup

  • ITV pundit Roy Keane was tonight praised by England fans for ‘saying it how it is’
  • He suggested England have ‘no excuses’ for their disappointing 0-0 draw
  • Gareth Southgate’s squad failed to beat the Americans in Qatar on Friday 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

ITV pundit Roy Keane was tonight praised by England fans for ‘saying it how it is’ after he suggested that England have ‘no excuses’ for their disappointing 0-0 draw against the USA.

Asked if Gareth Southgate’s squad had a tepid showing in Qatar because of the later kickoff time of 7pm GMT, the Irish ex-footballer jibed: ‘Well we’ll be here all night making excuses’. 

Football fans immediately praised Keane, with one Twitter user writing: ‘@roykeane_ said it exactly as it was after the match. Absolutely Terrible Performance. You can always count on Roy as he won’t sugarcoat it or tell lies’.

Another said: ‘Roy Keane is absolutely brilliant. Doesn’t give a f*** about anyone. Just tells it how it is. Most unbiased panelist I have seen. What a pundit #usavsengland’.

ITV pundit Roy Keane was tonight praised by England fans for ‘saying it how it is’ after he suggested that England have ‘no excuses’ for their 0-0 draw against the USA 

Football fans immediately praised Keane, with one Twitter user writing: ‘@roykeane_ said it exactly as it was after the match. Absolutely Terrible Performance. You can always count on Roy as he won’t sugarcoat it or tell lies’

Declan Rice and Jack Grealish react at full time at Al Bayt Stadium

Earlier tonight, Keane left Gary Neville and Ian Wright in stitches as he downplayed the Three Lions’ feelgood factor ahead of their second World Cup match against the USA.

The side sat top of Group B before the game, needing a win to secure qualification to the knock-out stages of the World Cup with a game to spare.

But speaking on ITV ahead of the game, Keane insisted it would be strange if there wasn’t an ‘upbeat’ spirit in the camp, and questioned whether Southgate’s side would still be chirpy in a few weeks’ time, which left Neville and Wright unable to contain their laughter.

‘Obviously they’ve had a good start, six goals’, Keane began. ‘But I never believe all that nonsense. You never hear the media come out and say there’s a bad spirit in the group. 

Earlier tonight, Keane left Gary Neville and Ian Wright in stitches as he downplayed the Three Lions’ feelgood factor ahead of their second World Cup match against the USA 

Roy Keane (pictured above in action in 2002) enjoyed a glittering career as the tough tackling engine who ran Manchester United’s star-studded midfield during their glory days

‘There should be [a good spirit] after the first game and after three or four days away. They look fairly happy, they’re having a game of darts, they’re going to be upbeat.

‘The most important thing over here is to win football matches and we’ll see if they’re laughing in a few weeks.’

Keane has earned the admiration of fans with his ‘straight-talking’ approach – including calling out the hypocrisy of England and Wales captains for backing down over fears of sanctions for wearing the rainbow OneLove armband.

Others have heaped praise on his impressive beard, with an ever-growing army of female fans taking to social media to share how they find the former Manchester United captain ‘sexy’ after honing his well-shaped facial hair.

The ITV analyst was widely praised earlier in the tournament following his impassioned speech after Harry Kane and Gareth Bale backed down and chose not to wear the OneLove armband for their opening matches.

He was also cheered on by human rights groups after leading condemnation over FIFA’s decision to controversially hand Qatar the rights to host the World Cup in 2010.

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