Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has taken a swipe at City and England defender John Stones, following the Three Lions’ semi-final defeat to Croatia in the World Cup.
England went a goal ahead after just three minutes via Kieran Trippier’s free kick, but Ivan Perisic levelled the scores with 20 minutes to go and Mario Mandzukic scored an extra-time winner for Croatia, who will now face France in the final.
It’s the first time since 1990 that the Three Lions have made the World Cup semi final, and the tournament will have left the entire country proud – however disappointed they may be to not go all the way.
But Keane has criticised John Stones’ defending which lead to Mandzukic’s extra time winner, accusing the centre-back of switching off.
“We’ve talked about how comfortable England are playing out from the back and that it’s in their DNA and Stones is comfortable on the ball you still have the act of defending. Players smelling danger,” Keane told ITV.
“Stones is ball watching and then when the goal goes in he’s looking at people as if he should have got a shout. You’re not going to get a shout in a World Cup semi-final.
“You’ve got to be aware of it and deal with it yourself. He does get caught out defensively.”