Ian Wright Mocks Roy Keane's Irish Accent During On-Air Spat

Roy Keane

Roy Keane

Manchester United legend Roy Keane and Arsenal icon Ian Wright clashed after England's World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia.

"You were planning the final, where the parades were", Keane said. It's been comfortable for them, but when it's comfortable you can get sloppy.

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".

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.

Keane continued: "Everyone's talking about the final and football's coming home", before Wright interjected with his own verbal volley.

"Before the game, the whole talk was about the final, the final".

Keane may not have been impressed by Wright's attempts to mimic his Irish accent as voices were raised in the ITV studio, but the discussion appeared to end on a good note, with fellow panelists Gary Neville and Lee Dixon doing their best not to laugh as the duo went toe-to-toe.

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Keane, never one to let a potential dust-up pass, wasn't letting Wright forget that 1966 world champions England had been sent packing.

"People weren't even expecting us to get to the semi-final, why couldn't we have got excited about being there?"

Following the match, ITV pundits discussed some of the key areas where the game was won and lost, but Roy Keane was adamant that John Stones was to blame.

He also added: "You were talking about the 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.

He's undoubtedly a love-him-or-hate-him kinda guy, but one thing you can't fault Roy Keane on is that he tells it like it is - even when you don't want to hear it.

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