It’s not the first time it’s happened of course but Roy Keane seems only too ready to have a moan up about Declan Rice whenever he gets a microphone in front of him.
And he seems to be in doubt as a result that he would be entirely the wrong player for his former club Manchester United to move in on.
The Old Trafford club has regularly been linked with the 20 year old but the more than forthright former midfielder seems to have made no bones about the fact that he is not a player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be entertaining in January or the summer.
Speaking ahead of the game against Kosovo he was pretty brutal in his assessment of the Hammers defensive midfielder.
All of this of course may have something to do with Declan walking away from Ireland and committing for England and then being named Player of the Year for the nation he formerly represented.
On the other hand it may just Keane being Keane – after all it doesn’t take much as a rule does it.
Commenting on ITV he said: “Well, where he needs to improve, there’s plenty of aspects,
“When you think about him, over the last few months he’s had a lot of praise.
“I’ve looked at him pretty closely, I’ve worked with him when he was with the Irish squad.
“Where he needs to improve, where do you want me to start? His positional play, I don’t think he’s been consistent enough, he doesn’t stay with runners, he’s sloppy in possession, I can go on.
“He’s one of these players I think a couple of months ago people were enjoying him and loved him but he’s one of these players that has almost played his way out of the team because he’s not been consistent at West Ham.
“He’s got another opportunity tonight and I think it is a position in the England team where Gareth [Southgate’s] obviously not sure who’s going to do that job in there.
“It’s an opportunity for him tonight but he’s got to take it.”