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Roy Keane and Ian Wright row after England’s defeat by Croatia

Roy Keane believes England made the mistake of thinking they were already in the World Cup final, and says they were ‘planning parades’ before considering whether or not they would beat Croatia.

The stinging accusation is what viewers have come to expect from the unforgiving ITV pundit but, hyped up from England’s above-expectation performance in Russia, a passionate Ian Wright hit back in spectacular fashion.

Having listened to Keane lampoon England for getting ahead of themselves, Wright insisted the country had every reason to go into World Cup overdrive after Gareth Southgate’s men went further than anyone expected.

Roy Keane (left) and Ian Wright(centre right) exchange heated words during ITV's coverage

Roy Keane (left) and Ian Wright(centre right) exchange heated words during ITV's coverage

Roy Keane (left) and Ian Wright(centre right) exchange heated words during ITV’s coverage

Keane believes England lost focus on the semi-final

Keane believes England lost focus on the semi-final

Wright insists they had every reason to get carried away after the team exceeded expectations

Wright insists they had every reason to get carried away after the team exceeded expectations

Wright insists they had every reason to get carried away after the team exceeded expectations

Speaking on ITV, Keane said: ‘You have to focus just on one game but everyone’s taking about the final… that football’s coming home.‘

Wight responded: ‘We wasn’t talking about the final there, we were just having a laugh with you. The fact is we were just happy and you weren’t happy for us being happy for us at that time.’

Keane hit back:  ‘I don’t mind you being happy but you’re getting carried away, you were planning the final and where the parades were.’

Wright: ‘No we wasn’t.’

Keane: ‘Yes you were. That’s what I’ve been on about. You need a reality check.’

What threatened to spark into a heated argument eventually fizzled out as presenter Mark Pougatch intervened and both pundits were left with smiles on their faces after they agreed to disagree on the subject. 

Wright leans in towards his fellow pundit after taking exception to his stinging criticism

Wright leans in towards his fellow pundit after taking exception to his stinging criticism

Wright leans in towards his fellow pundit after taking exception to his stinging criticism

KEANE VS WRIGHT: TRANSCRIPT 

Keane: ‘You have to focus just on one game but everyone’s taking about the final… that football’s coming home.’

Wright: ‘We wasn’t talking about the final there, we were just having a laugh with you. The fact is we were just happy and you weren’t happy for us being happy for us at that time.’

Keane: ‘I don’t mind you being happy but you’re getting carried away, you were planning the final and where the parades were.’

Wright: ‘No we wasn’t.’

Keane: ‘Yes you were. That’s what I’ve been on about. You need a reality check.’

Wright: ‘Why shouldn’t we get excited about it?’

Keane: ‘You can get excited about it when you get to the final – this was the semi-final.’

Wright: ‘People didn’t expect us to get to the semi-finals…’

Keane: ‘Just take it one game as it comes. You were talking about the final it’s ridiculous. You know how hard it is to get to these big finals or even to the World Cup.’

Wright: ‘Final!’

Keane: ‘You’re talking about finals!’

Wright: ‘Final!’

Southgate and his Three Lions went to Russia with few expecting them to win a single knockout match, let alone make it to the semi-final. But they came so close to the final before Ivan Perisic cancelled out Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick in the 68th minute. Mario Madzukic scored the winning goal in extra time.

Southgate, speaking after the match, said: ‘By the end several players were out on their feet and we were down to 10. The reaction from the fans at the end shows you everything they’ve given.

‘We’ve come an incredibly long way in a short space of time. The whole thing is beyond where we thought we might go. Tonight we weren’t quite there. But the team will be stronger for it.

‘As we reflect, there will be positives but it’s difficult tonight. We were so close to what was unimaginable at the start.

‘We’ve left everything out there. We’ll look at the goals and chances but I don’t think we could have given more over these six or seven weeks.’

Gareth Southgate applauds the England fans after their extra-time defeat by Croatia

Gareth Southgate applauds the England fans after their extra-time defeat by Croatia

Gareth Southgate applauds the England fans after their extra-time defeat by Croatia

Source: MailOnline | Copyright © MailOnline, All Rights Reserved

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