Roy blasts flops

Roy Keane launched a stinging
attack on England’s World Cup flops last night.

The Manchester United legend, who
walked out on the Republic of Ireland before the 2002 tournament, reckons it
should be the players rather than Fabio Capello who take the blame for the
side’s dismal effort.

“People keep talking about
world-class players but they’re not,” he said. “They have to take a long, hard
look at themselves. They get away with murder.

“You say they’ve been good in the
Premier League. But tell me the players who had a good season. There’s probably
only Wayne Rooney, who had a brilliant season. And even though he still hasn’t
done it on the world stage, he has the best chance.

“Look at the goalkeepers. David
James was relegated with Portsmouth and Robert Green just about stayed up at
West Ham. Glen Johnson did OK at Liverpool, but John Terry had his issues. I
don’t think he had a great year.

“Matthew Upson was not great at
West Ham, and Ashley Cole, to be fair, has just come back from injury. James
Milner had a good season, yet Gareth Barry was very average for
Manchester City.

“To keep criticising and
questioning the manager is crazy. He didn’t do anything wrong in the qualifying
campaign. They should just leave him to get on with the job. He is absolutely
brilliant and England are lucky to
have him.”

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