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Keane savages Rice after England’s dire draw

England were dire against Scotland on Friday night.

The Three Lions went into the game with plenty of hype behind them, having seen off Croatia in their opening Euro 2020 game.

But they were so, so poor, drawing 0-0 in a game that saw very few clear cut chances, and even fewer moments of actual skill from those in a white shirt.

Scotland were undoubtedly delighted with the point and afterwards, ITV Sport analysed the game, with Roy Keane amongst the pundits.

The former Manchester United star isn’t known for mincing his words and he did not hold back when talking about Declan Rice.

The Irons star played the 90 minutes, just as he did against Croatia, and Keane had a few choice words for him.

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Quoted by West Ham Zone, Keane said: “They’re all taking too many touches at the back.

“Rice is coming back, doing nothing. He’s coming back and giving sideways passes. Not good enough.”

This does seem unbelievably harsh on Rice, given that he did his job, and ensured Scotland didn’t score – it’s down to the attacking players to get the ball in the back of the net and seal the three points!

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7 comments on “Keane savages Rice after England’s dire draw

  1. I agree Rice was way to negative. Backwards or sideways was his only contribution. At that level you must move the ball forward & quickly. For the last couple of games Rice looks like a traffic cop directing traffic. Pointing where the defenders need to pass instead of demanding the ball and opening up their defence.

  2. Rice was playing a holding midfield role and Scotland didn’t score. Philips is no Soucek. Play Rice against teams that have strong offence, Philips against the weaker ones. regardless, poor team selection by the manager compounded by an unwillingness to make real change.
    Need a draw to remain in the tournament before being knocked out by a team that can score.

  3. Most teams eventually reflect their manager’s approach to the game. Southgate is overly preoccupied with not losing, has no flair, is boring to listen to and lacks charisma, spontaneity and any sense of adventure. I think the team’s performances reflect him perfectly.

  4. IMHO Rice probably did what he was told to do. Phillips had a man of the match performance against Croatia and was far too defensive against Scotland. At times I even forgot he was playing. If only they’d taken Lingard.

  5. Thought exactly the same as Eug about a traffice cop scenario and the only time Declan went into Scotlands penalty box he created havoc, a goalmouth scramble and so nearly the winning goal. England we predictable throughout and never looked like breaking the Scottish defence down. However, once they knockout stage starts their defensive rigidity will provide a platform and make it difficult for the more attack minded teams and Declans strength has always been without the ball and his ability to read the game, make tackles, intercept balls and breakdown attacks, which is why he’s in the team.

  6. the problem is, Declan has clearly been told to play that way, as he doesn’t do it for West Ham. He has to come deep to protect the Central Defenders, who are total liabilities. Shaw and James offered nothing, and Kane just stood there like a statue, and Stirling, once again, tried to beat everybody in sight, and just kept losing the ball, putting the midfield and defence under pressure.( amazingly he never gets criticised) No body in the England team played well, but Keane always has a go at Rice, he clearly doesn’t like, or rate him. But do we really care what thinks-no! Rice is the most consistent player in the team, and for me is the first name on the team sheet!

  7. I don’t listen to Keane, who was assistant manager for Republic of Ireland when Rice was there but lost his job after Ruce switched to England. Bit of bitterness and sour grapes involved there. However I noticed Rice was mostly short passes backwards and sidewards in that game and then whenever a team mate had the ball Rice was directing his team mates by pointing towards the full backs telling his team mates to pass backwards also. It was a bit frustrating to be fair.

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