England got carried away with talk of the final, insists Roy Keane


England got carried away with talk of the final, insists Roy Keane

You know how hard it is to get to these big finals, or even get to a World Cup.

Former Arsenal striker Wright, who likely had a few run-ins with ex-Manchester United captain Keane during their playing days, wasn't holding back as he bickered with Keane and - egged on by the latter's former team-mate, Gary Neville, even took the piss out of his Irish accent.

Keane had missed the last few games of ITV's coverage from Russian Federation but he will be there for the final, on Sunday, and was in-situ for the semi-final clash between England and Croatia.

The spat came after Keane claimed his English co-pundits "got ahead of themselves" by daring to dream about football coming home.

Others thought Wright was on the money.

"We weren't talking about the final. The final and (finalists) France", said Keane.

One tweet read: "Roy Keane, you never got anywhere f***ing near aWorld Cup final". And I was right.

Wright argued in return: "We wasn't talking about the final, we were just having a laugh with you".

England are out of the World Cup and Roy Keane is reminding everyone when they should be happy. You needed a reality check.

The quartet of former footballers were last together earlier in the tournament and viewers got a real kick out of Keane telling his colleagues to cool the jets after they beat Panama 6-1.

"Roy Keane is back alongside us to restore some calm", said host Mark Pougatch on Keane's return to the studios. It was the semi-final, group matches.

"If they show enough courage, they'll win the game but they've been in this position before and messed things up so let's see", said the Cork man.

Gareth Southgate's men still have one more game to play as they will take on Belgium in the third-place play-off on Saturday. England have reconnected with their supporters and found a young team they can admire while reaching a World Cup semi-final.