Wednesday, 1 June 2016

'I wanted to kill some of them last night'. Roy Kaene to Republic of Ireland National Team

Roy Keane lays into Republic of Ireland squad after Belarus defeat: 'I wanted to kill some of them last night' 

  • The Republic of Ireland were beaten 2-1 by Belarus in Cork on Tuesday
  • Roy Keane did not hold back in his assessment of the team's display
  • Irish assistant manager suggested some players were lucky to be in Martin O'Neill's 23-man squad for Euro 2016
  • Ireland begin campaign in France with game against Sweden on June 13

  • The Republic of Ireland squad have received an early ear-bashing from Roy Keane as the national team's assistant manager slated their performance in home defeat to Belarus.
    The ex-Manchester United midfielder, once sent home from a World Cup after a row with then-Ireland boss Mick McCarthy, said a number of those who were eventually included in the 23-man party for Euro 2016 should 'count their blessings' they received a plane ticket after the 2-1 loss in Cork.
    Keane is not known for beating around the bush when it comes to his assessment of players and he left subtlety at the door once again as he criticised his side's attitude and focus.
    Roy Keane says some of the Ireland squad for Euro 2016 should count their blessings to have been included
    Roy Keane says some of the Ireland squad for Euro 2016 should count their blessings to have been included
    Keane was heavily critical of the Irish players following his country's 2-1 home defeat to Belarus on Tuesday
    Keane was heavily critical of the Irish players following his country's 2-1 home defeat to Belarus on Tuesday
    The Ireland assistant manager said the coaching staff 'wanted to kill' some of the squad after the game
    The Ireland assistant manager said the coaching staff 'wanted to kill' some of the squad after the game.

    'Well, I wanted to kill some of them last night,' he said. 'I've moved on from that.
    'They should be counting their blessing that they've managed to get on the flight. A reality check for one or two players who thought they were good players.
    'Sometimes we make excuses for players - "they've not played much football" - but they're still training, you still control the ball, you have to run. You can still physically get into decent shape.
    'You can lack match sharpness, you can forgive a player for that but you've got to get yourself in a good state. Be fit. Be as strong as you can. Eat properly. Prepare properly.
    'You're playing international football. Control the bloody ball. Pass it to you mates and if you lose it, run back and run back like you care.'
    Keane intimated that the inclusion of senior professionals including Jon Walters and Seamus Coleman on Wednesday restored some urgency among the Ireland setup. 
    Keane's comments came during a press conference after he assisted with training on Wednesday
    Keane's comments came during a press conference after he assisted with training on Wednesday
    James McCarthy (left) and Wes Hoolahan warm up ahead of a training session at Fota Island Resort, Cork
    James McCarthy (left) and Wes Hoolahan warm up ahead of a training session at Fota Island Resort, Cork

    Robbie Brady points towards Glenn Whelan during the Irish training session at Fota Island on Wednesday
    Robbie Brady points towards Glenn Whelan during the Irish training session at Fota Island on Wednesday

    'They need to push themselves (and) that doesn't come from the coaches,' he said. 
    'It comes from good players, good pros. We trained this morning... the Glenn Whelans, the Jon Walters, the Seamus Colemans.
    'I didn't have to push any of them this morning. Strange isn't it.'
    Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson, meanwhile, took the full brunt of Keane's acid-tongued analysis.
    Everton midfielder Gibson was not included in the final 23-man squad, with Keane saying: 'I don't think whatever Gibbo did last night, unless he got a hat trick, could have changed the managers mind.
    'I think the manager has been very upfront with Gibbo. He's not played too much football in the last few months.'
    Keane, pictured with O'Neill (centre) is not known for his subtlety when analysing players' performances
    Keane, pictured with O'Neill (centre) is not known for his subtlety when analysing players' performances
    Hoolahan raises a smile despite Keane's comments as the Irish continue to prepare for Euro 2016
    Hoolahan raises a smile despite Keane's comments as the Irish continue to prepare for Euro 2016
    McCarthy goes through a running drill as he and his team-mates build up to their first game on June 13
    McCarthy goes through a running drill as he and his team-mates build up to their first game on June 13
    Jon Walters (left) and Brady knock a ball about. Ireland are in a Euros group with Sweden, Belgium and Italy
    Jon Walters (left) and Brady knock a ball about. Ireland are in a Euros group with Sweden, Belgium and Italy
    McGeady, meanwhile, did make the cut but was not spared a dressing-down from Keane.  
    'Would Aiden find himself lucky to be on the flight? Well, he'll need to play better than he did last night to force his way into the starting XI,' the former Sunderland boss said.
    'Aiden has had good moments for Ireland, if you go back to the start of the group. Generally speaking, without overreacting the players that have made it have all played their part in helping us get there.
    'If you want my reaction to Aiden's performance last night, he can do a lot better but maybe that's the story of his career.'
    Shane Duffy in action. Ireland have won one of three games since their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign ended
    Shane Duffy in action. Ireland have won one of three games since their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign ended.

    IRELAND'S EURO 2016 FIXTURES 

    June 13: Sweden (Stade de France, 5pm)
    June 18: Belgium (Bordeaux, 2pm)
    June 22: Italy (Lille, 8pm) .




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