To the disappointment of many fans, England ended their World Cup dream tonight with a 2-1 defeat to Croatia after extra-time. Fortunately, a large proportion of them watching had Roy Keane to soothe their pain.
From consistently diverting attention away from the stricken English players (and pundits) to focus attention on a marvelous result for Croatia, Keane couldn't help - akin to Ireland's World Cup playoff defeat to France in 2009 - but look at who was at fault.
In playing terms, both Harry Kane and John Stones came in for criticism. No less guilty were the over-excitable pundits already 'planning the parades' after the final.
Needless to say, in their hour of need, many fans have not taken kindly to Keane cruel realism.
Roy Keane is just awful I am sorry
— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) July 11, 2018
The real losers are the people who really really really care about winning. The point of supporting a team is largely about feeling a connection with something and that’s what England gave people this summer. But Keane is too much of a cliched, one-note bore to see that. https://t.co/RejnrMFpuL
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) July 11, 2018
Fuck off Roy Keane https://t.co/Y6Hysebcgl
— Simon Craig (@simonpetercraig) July 11, 2018
The absolute fucking gall of Keane telling players how to react in the World Cup when he was famously sent home in one for shouting at his manager: 'You're a fucking wanker and you can stick your World Cup up your arse … You can stick it up your bollocks.'
— Jeremy Millar (@jeremy_millar_1) July 11, 2018
Roy Keane would literally suck the life out of anything. He is the President of Negative Nancyland. https://t.co/zlfMrQtBMH
— Jeanette 📺📻🎙🦊 (@JNETTEKWAKYE) July 11, 2018
My missus is tearing into Roy Keane 😂.. that Tan of his isn’t helping either. Her words ‘Why do they have this prick on’.. poor old Keano.
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) July 11, 2018
Why do #ITV hire Roy Keane? Seriously, the most miserable pessimistic narcissist pundit of them all. We don't care what you have to say Roy, no one knows why you are so bitter 24/7... thank you Wrighty for showing some passion #WorldCup
— Rich Wearz (@wearz) July 11, 2018
Roy Keane is an absolute bitter waste of sperm https://t.co/lQv1saUAfm
— Thomas George Boldy (@TBoldy95) July 11, 2018
Fuck Roy Keane! Fuck Slavan Bilic... and FUCK ITV! Your coverage is wank. And the last thing I wanna see is that Irish twat! He bottled it at a World Cup in 2002! I don’t give two fucks what he says.
— James Hassett (@HarryHassett) July 11, 2018
Roy Keane is a knobhead. Keep him away from my screen. Understand that ITV want a controversial pundit but he is just an idiot. State of him as a player says it all
— Matt Gregson (@TheMattGregson) July 11, 2018
No matter what anyone says especially the fucking Scottish! The lads did well better than expected football is still coming home!!!! Fuck every cunt! I am proud! I am proud to be English and fuck Roy Keane! #threelions #newera
— Garry Hargreaves (@Garry_Quinn) July 11, 2018
Roy Keane was not as good a footballer as people say, not as good a manager as he thought he’d be, and not as good a pundit as we’re led to believe. Blunt truths are only true if they’re true
— David (@DavidJMcGaughey) July 11, 2018
Can someone explain why Roy Keane is even on the panel? Miserable bastard we can get carried away and excited if we want. Bore off man. https://t.co/S7vrMhlqHV
— Harry Nufc (@Harry_Nufc5) July 11, 2018
Although some viewers were more than happy with what Keane brought to the discussion.
That Roy Keane v Ian Wright fight has put the seal on it - best World Cup ever.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) July 11, 2018
Ian Wright is now winding Roy Keane up by doing impressions of him saying the word ‘final’ in a Cork accent. This is one fucked up World Cup.
— Eoin McDevitt (@EoinMcDevitt) July 11, 2018
I love Roy Keane
— John McAreavey (@john_mcareavey) July 11, 2018
Roy Keane’s a magnificent wind up merchant.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) July 11, 2018
Roy Keane trying to keep the grin exploding from his face all over every front room in England.
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) July 11, 2018
Brilliant from Roy Keane.
— Simon Thomas (@simonrug) July 11, 2018
Thank goodness for Roy Keane
— James Dornan SNP (@glasgowcathcart) July 11, 2018