On this dismal, depressing morning post-England’s crushing loss to Croatia in the semi-finals last night, perhaps a recap of Ian Wright doing a terrible impression of a stroppy Roy Keane might cheer us up?
Although lots of fans were missing Gary Lineker’s commentary as it was ITV airing the match yesterday evening, Roy and Ian were entertaining viewers as they got heated when Roy accused pundits of getting too exuberant about England winning the World Cup, rather than focusing on the one game.
The match had begun with a flying start as Kieran Trippier floated a free-kick into the Croatian top corner to send English fans into euphoria. But Croatia’s equaliser sent the match to extra time, with Mario Mandzukic scoring the game’s third and final goal for Croatia.
After the game, Roy moaned to the panel including Wright, Gary Neville and Lee Dixon: “I made the point a few days ago, you have to focus on one game at a time, I heard people all talk about finals, ‘football’s coming home’ – you all were planning the parades.
“You’re getting carried away… You need a reality check.”
A jubilant Ian butted in to disagree: “Why can’t we be excited? Why can’t you be happy that we are happy? People weren’t even expecting us to get to the semi-final, why couldn’t we have got excited about being in there [final]?”
Ian was then asked to do his impression of Roy, and he happily obliged, prompting more fury and frustration from Roy.
The former Republic of Ireland captain accused the ex-England striker of “embarrassing himself” for mocking his accent, adding: “You know what I’m talking about…’
Ian then quipped: “He’s going to cane me again.”
Roy looked crestfallen, despite the other pundits cackling away.
Presenter Mark Pougatch finally intervened and joked that “we’re all friends here”, but we’re not entirely convinced after that spat.
Viewers were loving it on Twitter, but most were also deriding poor Roy for being a massive downer and a “grumpy old sod”.
Another added: “I enjoy Roy Keane being on the panel. It’s like a Samuel Beckett character has wandered in and he’s about to mutter: ‘Yes, there is football but there is also death’.”
Even Ed Miliband stuck the knife in, tweeting: “Roy Keane is just awful I am sorry.”
England’s third place match against Belgium airs this Saturday (July 14) from 2.30pm on ITV.
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