Ian Wright Risks Knuckle Sandwich In On-Air Row With Roy Keane

Ian Wright Risks Knuckle Sandwich In On-Air Row With Roy Keane

The Three Lions looked set for a World Cup final when Kieran Trippier netted a sensational free-kick inside 5 minutes. You need a reality check man. Get excited when they get to the final man! On about the final, football's coming home...' "We were happy! Why can't we get excited?"

The Irish pundit, not known for his sympathetic outlook, told Wright - who missed out on the 1994 World Cup finals when England failed to qualify - that he has "no idea what it's like to get to a final".

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.

"Just take it one game as it comes", said Keane. "Take it a game at a time", Keane continued.

"Before the game, all the talk was about the final and France", the former Manchester United star said during ITV's post-match analysis.

England had been gripped by World Cup fever following the team's march to the semi-final stage, with popular English terrace chant "Football's coming home" making a revival among fans.

Wright then replied by mocking Keane's Cork pronunciation of "final".


You've got to be aware of it and deal with it yourself.

That caution proved to well founded as Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor fired Croatia into Sunday's final against France as England's expense in a tense semi-final in Moscow, with Keane biding his time before revisiting his previous discussion with Wright.

One person said: "Watching Ian Wright and Roy Keane shouting over each other for two minutes was the worst TV I've seen in a long time".

Keane, who appears to have chosen for the ITV panel for balance despite his furious hatred of late 1990s Arsenal players and any sporting failure, also drew criticism of his glowing tan from sources as varied as Lorraine Kelly from Lorraine and the official Preston North End police account.

Did England have a good World Cup?

Others just enjoyed the exchange.

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