Roy Keane slammed Matt Doherty, Seamus Coleman and Caoimhin Kelleher as the trio of Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool performed for the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.
Stephen Kenny’s side drew 2-2 with Belgium in an international friendly, with Keane declaring that both Doherty and Coleman “needed to do better” as they tried to defend Michy Batshuayi’s opening goal.
Adding to that, he felt Liverpool’s backup shot-stopper wasn’t quite set on Batshuayi cutting to his right foot to fire home.
Although against a weaker Belgian side, the Irish did enough to salvage a late draw with substitute Alan Browne’s late header.
But that’s what Keane made yesterday of defending the Spurs and Everton full-back duo while apparently giving Kelleher the benefit of the doubt because he’s not a regular for Liverpool. as he told ITV Sport (26/03/22 at 23:30).
“Ireland are playing some good stuff, they play open football,” Keane said. “So if they give the ball away, they’re in trouble.
“I would be critical of Seamus and Doherty if they come back. you gotta do better Look at the goalkeeper, that’s a fantastic goal.
“But Caoimhin, not quite finished yet. This is from a goalkeeper who doesn’t play regularly. But good prospects.
“Seamus needs to lead him through the line. A fantastic shot. He hits it early.”
There will be no World Cup adventure for the Irish after missing out on qualifying for Qatar 2022.
But they will be firmly focused on reaching Euro 2024 in Germany after missing out on the last European Championship.
Someone like Coleman, given his struggles in Everton colors given his experience in his country, will be crucial to reach that path.
While Doherty and Kelleher hope to be at the top of their game because they will be consistent starters for their country.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/03/27/you-have-to-do-better-roy-keane-critical-of-tottenham-liverpool-duo-yesterday/ Roy Keane yesterday criticized the Tottenham & Liverpool duo