Friday 18 October 2019

Roy Keane admits he does not want to think about the World Cup after Ireland demise

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-off 2nd leg match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-off 2nd leg match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Just for once, Roy Keane was lost for words as he offered up his first public comments on Ireland’s failure to qualify for the World Cup finals.

Keane has served up outspoken press conference appearances ahead of every Ireland game during manager Martin O’Neill’s reign as national team boss, but he failed to provide any analysis after Denmark’s thumping 5-1 win in the second leg of the World Cup play-off game in Dublin earlier this month.

Eamon Dunphy is among those who has questioned whether Keane should have a future in the Ireland set-up in the aftermath of the Danish mauling, with the former Mancheste United captain providing this assessment of the Irish heartache.

“Tough night alright, we obviously got heavily punished,” Keane told ITV Sports as he looked back on the brutal end to Ireland’s World Cup dreams. “We have to take our medicine and look to bounce back.”

Keane then looked uncomfortable as his fellow pundit Glenn Hoddle looked forward to the World Cup draw on December 1st, as he hinted he may not be too enthused by the events in Russia next summer.

“I’m struggling to try to get my enthusiasm up for the World Cup if I’m being honest,” added Keane.

We can all echo those sentiments Roy.

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