‘Henderson and Rice might as well sit with us in the studio’ – Roy Keane slams England midfield during Czech Republic defeat


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Roy Keane slammed England duo Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice for their performance during the disappointing 2-1 defeat against Czech Republic on Friday night.

Victory would have guaranteed the Three Lions a spot at Euro 2020, but instead Gareth Southgate’s men fell to a first qualifier defeat in 10 years at the hands of the Czechs.

Roy Keane was not impressed with Jordan Hendersons performance against the Czech Republic

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Roy Keane was not impressed with Jordan Hendersons performance against the Czech Republic

England took the lead through Harry Kane’s fifth-minute penalty but failed to build on that early momentum, with the hosts equalising four minutes later through Jakub Brabec.

Zdenek Ondrasek completed the turnaround with an 85th minute winner on his international debut on a night for forget for the Three Lions.

Speaking during the half-time break, ITV pundit Keane let rip at Henderson and Rice for their minimal impact on proceedings and said they’d make a more telling contribution sitting in the studios alongside him.

“I think it’s been poor,” Keane said. “I don’t think England have got going.

“They had a lucky break, a penalty after five minutes, and you’re thinking they’re maybe going to kick on from there.

The ITV pundit also criticised West Ham youngster Declan Rice

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The ITV pundit also criticised West Ham youngster Declan Rice

“They’ve been really sloppy, Henderson and Rice – they might as well sit with us in the studio. “

Keane also hit out at England left-back Danny Rose, launching a scathing attack on the Tottenham full-back’s performance.

“Rose gave a performance tonight, my goodness, someone has got to get a hold of that guy. He was shocking, abysmal,” he said. “I think he’ll be the same in another three or four years.

“Some players don’t learn from their mistakes, that’s a big problem and at the highest level you will suffer for it.”

England will look to put Friday night’s disappointment behind them when they travel to Bulgaria on Monday in another qualifying clash, where they’ll again have the opportunity to book their place in next year’s tournament.


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