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England boss Gareth Southgate slams Roy Keane’s stinging criticism of Harry Maguire as attempt to ‘stay relevant’

GARETH SOUTHGATE has hit out at Roy Keane for trying to 'stay relevant' following the Manchester United legend's brutal criticism of Harry Maguire.

The Irish pundit branded the Red Devils captain as a ‘disgrace’ for his ’embarrassing’ celebration after scoring England’s opener against Albania on Friday.England boss Gareth Southgate slams Roy Keane’s stinging criticism of Harry Maguire as attempt to ‘stay relevant’ 2England boss Gareth Southgate slams Roy Keane’s stinging criticism of Harry Maguire as attempt to ‘stay relevant’ 3After opening he scoring in the Three Lions’ 5-0 World Cup qualifying win, Maguire put his fingers in his ears while doing a knee slide.

And Keane failed to hold back on the ex-Hull defender, who has come under fire for his inconsistent performances this campaign.

Speaking on ITV, he said: “When a player scores puts his hands to his ears he’s like shutting the critics up, but I think that’s embarrassing.

“He’s been a disgrace the last couple of months for Man United. He thinks if he scores there, he’s going to shut his critics up. Embarrassing.”Southgate has since stated that Keane’s comments were an attempt to create headlines.

He said: “I think we have to understand that the industry we’re in… in order to make a living you need to take different approaches, so you have a choice of which type of approach you’re going to take.”I was always thinking as an ex-player, ex-manager recognising how difficult those things were, so I guess I had empathy [for players].”It depends what you have to do to stay in work, some channels or forums require headlines, some channels or forums require a certain type of approach so it’s different, I understand that.

“To stay relevant in those fields you need to be more quotable and [have your words] used from the live broadcasts for next day’s headlines, everyone in those shows knows how it works and it fills a different part of our industry.

“That’s where we’re at. Personally, as a manager I get it, so be it. But I’m sure for the players they may feel different – they’re younger, they may not have experienced those fields [like I have].”They’re probably thinking they were players who surely remember how difficult it was to play [with huge criticism], thinking they didn’t like it when they were criticised.”They feel that a little bit differently to someone my age, so personally I get it, that’s the industry. So be it.”

Commenting on his celebration, Maguire said: “No, it wasn’t directed at no one.England boss Gareth Southgate slams Roy Keane’s stinging criticism of Harry Maguire as attempt to ‘stay relevant’ 4“It was a knee slide, I obviously put my hands on my ears, but no.

“I’m Manchester United captain, of course I’m going to get criticism when the team isn’t doing well, I fully expect that.”But of course it’s not directed at no one.

 

Nana Kay

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