England got carried away with talk of the final, insists Roy Keane

England v Croatia Roy Keane tan ITV World Cup 2018

England v Croatia Roy Keane tan ITV World Cup 2018

Bizarre, lively and the sort of thing you expect to see at a toddler's birthday party.

Republic of Ireland assistant boss made it clear that he was not impressed with former England striker Wright as he was "getting carried away" with the prospect of Gareth Southgate's side going all the way to the World Cup final, when they were still playing in the group stages of the competition.

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.

Another added: "Roy Keane slagging John Stones off, one of England's best players of the tournament". But Wright, clearly a little emotional after the nerve-shredding defeat to Croatia, was not intimidated by the Irish hardman's reputation.

Alongside Gary Neville, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon, Keane went to town on an England team in danger of spurning their best chance of reaching a World Cup final in a few generations (of players, at least): 'It's back to the old England'.

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The spat came after Keane claimed his English co-pundits "got ahead of themselves" by daring to dream about football coming home. You were planning the final where the parades were.

'Before the game, the whole talk was about the final, ' Keane began. "The final and (finalists) France", said Keane. And I was right. "We were just having a laugh with you", Wright said in his famous London accent. "We were happy! Why can't we get excited?"

A fired up Keane started the debate as he suggested many England fans had lost track of reality as they got carried away with the excitement of their World Cup run, with Wright eager to snap back at the Irishman in typically jovial fashion. "But you have to focus on just one game".

The former Manchester United player is being ridiculed for his orange glow online, with supporters comparing him to Umpa-Lumpas.

Let's hope Wrighty and Keano are sat next to each other on the plane home from Russian Federation.

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