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Roy Keane Says England Midfielder Ross Barkley's Best Position Is "On The Bench"

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.

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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.

Image: PA
Image: PA
Image: PA
Image: PA

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".

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Fellow pundits Dixon and Ian Wright burst out laughing as social media reacted to the incident.

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.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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