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Gary Lineker plays down Roy Keane's influence while captain at Manchester United

Published 03/10/2016 | 13:39

Gary Lineker has played down the role of a captain
Gary Lineker has played down the role of a captain

Former England captain Gary Lineker laughed off claims that Roy Keane held huge influence during his time at Manchester United, even though he was club captain under manager Alex Ferguson for several years.

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Lineker wore the England captain’s armband in the final years of his international career and also led his club sides as skipper, but he has insisted the significance given to the role by the media is being wildly over-inflated.

As interim England boss Gareth Southgate was quizzed on his decision to retain Wayne Rooney as national team skipper despite his poor form with Manchester United, Lineker joined the debate to suggest captaincy counts for little in the modern game

When one of Lineker’s 5.29m followers on Twitter responded with a suggestion that Roy Keane was a shining example of a footballer to made the most of his role as a captain, he offered this dismissive response:


TV host Piers Morgan then joined the debate, but Lineker was not convinced by his argument that Arsenal legends Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira had as big an influence on the field as their managers on the sidelines.

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