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Roy Keane Reveals The One Time He Asked To Swapped Shirts And Regretted It

James Hilsum

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Roy Keane Reveals The One Time He Asked To Swapped Shirts And Regretted It

Roy Keane recalled the one time he asked to swap shirts at the end of the game, and how it put the midfielder off from ever making such a request again.

The Manchester United legend was speaking to former teammate Gary Neville on an episode of The Overlap, and took us back to a warm-up friendly against Germany before the 1994 World Cup.

He said: "I've asked one player to swap a jersey, which I regret when I played Germany with Ireland. Once to swap a player for Germany, pre-94 World Cup.

After being asked who the player was by Neville, Keane replied: "It was the sweeper, Sammer. He said, 'No' and I went, '****'

"He was polite, but if I really wanted to swap with somebody, it probably would have been Zidane.

"Zidane is a brilliant player and after the Madrid game we were walking up the tunnel together; he was looking at me, and I was thinking he'd probably ask me for my shirt . But no, I'm glad we didn't swap shirts, and that was the other time I thought, 'will I, won't I?' and I've gone, 'no, leave it.'"

PA: Roy Keane and Gary Neville
PA: Roy Keane and Gary Neville

This exchange was part of a fascinating interview between two men who have won just about everything in the club game.

Keane also recounted his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson, the fall-out from leaving the Republic of Ireland World Cup squad, and summed up his hugely-successful 12 years at the club.

The straight-talking Irishman is now enjoying life as pundit, and we see the lighter side of him in a special Christmas series with Micah Richards that certainly brightened our day.

It is the first episode in a 'Driving Home for Christmas' series produced in partnership with Sky Bet, and can be viewed here.

Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Gary Neville, Roy Keane

James Hilsum
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