'Henderson and Rice – they might as well sit with us in the studio': Roy Keane tears into England's midfield after drab first half display in Prague defeat

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  • Roy Keane said Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice had no impact in first half
  • Keane urged England boss Gareth Southgate to give Danny Rose a ‘rollicking’
  • Keane accused Rose of ‘strolling’ and lacking effort during first half performance

Roy Keane tore into the performances of Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson on Friday night

Roy Keane tore into the performances of Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson on Friday night

Rice was at fault as Czech Republic equalised following Harry Kane's fifth minute penalty

Rice was at fault as Czech Republic equalised following Harry Kane’s fifth minute penalty

Keane also said Henderson was guilty of having little impact on the first half

Keane also said Henderson was guilty of having little impact on the first half

Roy Keane tore into the performances of Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice following a drab first half in England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Czech Republic.  

England took the lead through Harry Kane’s fifth minute penalty after Raheem Sterling went down inside the box but failed to capitalise on their lead.

Czech Republic responded with an equaliser from Jakub Brabec, four minutes later, and the Three Lions were laboured for the remainder of the half.

During the half-time break, Keane said Henderson and Rice had made no impact on the game and would’ve made a more telling contribution in the ITV studio.

‘I think it’s been poor,’ Keane said to ITV. ‘I don’t think England have got going. They had a lucky break, a penalty after five minutes, and you’re thinking they’re maybe going to kick on from there. 

‘They’ve been really sloppy, Henderson and Rice – they might as well sit with us in the studio. 

Keane also reserved harsh words for England left-back Danny Rose and accused him of lacking effort in the first half.

‘Danny Rose is strolling out there, Gareth needs to give him a bit of a rollicking,’ he added. ‘I’m sure he will do.’

Friday night’s clash is the first of two Euro 2020 qualifiers during the international break, with Bulgaria the opposition on Monday.



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