Ian Wright Mocks Roy Keane's Irish Accent During On-Air Spat


Keane had missed the last few games of ITV's coverage from Russian Federation but he will be there for the final, on Sunday, and was in-situ for the semi-final clash between England and Croatia. It's been comfortable for them, but when it's comfortable you can get sloppy.

Tempers threatened to boil over as the Irishman stuck the proverbial boot in just moments after the Three Lions' crushing 2-1 loss in extra time.

The continuing refrain of excited England fans chanting "it's coming home" has been a recurrent feature of this World Cup, Keane felt that meant they were already thinking about the final and not giving respect to the games ahead of them.

Keane, the former Republic of Ireland captain who infamously walked out on the squad during the build-up to the 2002 World Cup, was clearly irked by Wright, who resorted to the lowest form of attack in any argument - imitation.

Following England's heartbreaking loss to Croatia after extra time in the semi-finals of the epic footballing tournament that has been Russian Federation 2018, the pair got into a right old ding-dong in the TV studio.

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Another viewer simply said "Roy Keane is more orange than my orange" while holding the fruit next to his TV.

"You've never been to a World Cup finals".

Keane may not have been impressed by Wright's attempts to mimic his Irish accent as voices were raised in the ITV studio, but the discussion appeared to end on a good note, with fellow panelists Gary Neville and Lee Dixon doing their best not to laugh as the duo went toe-to-toe. And I was right. You need a reality check man. Get excited when they get to the final man! "We were happy, you weren't happy for us to be happy at that time".

Keane responded saying England should have taken the tournament "one day at a time".

Another added: "He's won a lot more than you Ed". You were planning the final, where the parades were.