'Deal with it!' Roy Keane slams England defender after Belgium defeat
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has slammed England defender Tyrone Mings for not jumping in the wall to defend a free-kick during the Nations League defeat to Belgium.
England’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals were ended by Belgium on Sunday evening, as goals from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens gave the world’s top-ranked side a 2-0 win.
Mertens doubled Belgium’s advantage with a superb free-kick after Declan Rice was harshly adjudged to have fouled Kevin de Bruyne, but Keane was left bemused at England’s wall.
While Declan Rice and Eric Dier jumped as they attempted to block the ball, Aston Villa’s Mings and Tottenham’s Harry Kane stood stationary and the free-kick flew just over Mings’ head and past Jordan Pickford.
Manchester United legend Keane told ITV Sport: ‘It’s certainly not a free-kick but you still have to deal with it. What I can’t understand is the wall.
‘You have to jump. People talk about players putting it under the wall, but the way he’s running up, he’s clearly going to try and whip it over the wall.
‘Why Tyrone Mings doesn’t jump is beyond me, I just don’t understand it.
‘It’s a great goal but the wall has to jump. You’ve got to jump, you have to.’
England manager Gareth Southgate, meanwhile, praised his team despite the 2-0 defeat and said the performance was ‘excellent’.
‘We don’t like losing but enormous credit to the team,’ he said. ‘All the way through they created problems and defended resiliently.
‘I thought we were excellent. I couldn’t have enough praise for the players.
‘We had a different profile of players but in those positions, I thought Jack Grealish had an absolutely outstanding game.
‘Losing Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, we lose a lot of speed. But I can’t fault the attacking play until the last chance.’
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