Roy Keane Says England Midfielder Ross Barkley's Best Position Is "On The Bench"
Roy Keane thinks Ross Barkley's best position at international level is "on the bench".
England manager Gareth Southgate gave the Chelsea midfielder a spot in the starting XI for England in their European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria on Monday night.
But former Manchester United, Celtic and Nottingham Forest captain Keane, who appeared as a pundit throughout ITV's coverage, wasn't exactly impressed with the decision.
In a typically no nonsense segment of the pre show, former Arsenal defender turned pundit Lee Dixon asked Keane where he thinks Barkley's best position is.
ITV presenter Mark Pougatch then pressed him for answer, to which Keane simply replied: "On the bench, in international football at least".
Fellow pundits Dixon and Ian Wright burst out laughing as social media reacted to the incident.
Roy Keane on where to play Ross Barkley :joy::joy: pic.twitter.com/LA6RPUI1jp- Ross Bryars (@RossBryars) October 14, 2019
Roy Keane was just asked where he thinks Ross Barkley's best position is? His answer: "On the bench"- Anthony Hesse (@PropPersonnel) October 14, 2019
Can't stand Roy Keane but he is spot on about Ross Barkley. Bits and pieces player, not really a midfielder or a striker, lucky to keep his place.- Craig G (@derbadian) October 14, 2019
Roy Keane really doesn't give a shut what he says or who he offends & it's so refreshing to hear instead of the usual crap from most of the pundits! When asked where would you play Ross Barkley, Keane's response was "on the bench" :joy: and he's right!!! #BULENG- Clare (@chilly_spurs) October 14, 2019
Mark Pougatch 'Where would you play Ross Barkley?'- Tabrejali Adam (@TabrejaliAdam) October 14, 2019
Roy Keane 'On the bench' :joy::joy::joy: pic.twitter.com/sgpbFz6KO9
England striker Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for The Three Lions against Krasimir Balakov's side on Monday night with a cracking finish.
He drilled the ball past a helpless Plamen Iliev inside the box to make it 1-0 as Gareth Southgate's side made the perfect start.
That man Ross Barkley then scored a second for England in the 20th minute, latching on to a shot turned cross from Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.