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THE SCOTTISH SUN 🔵 Roy Keane one game away from 10,000-mile move after making bonkers promise

ROY KEANE is getting uncomfortably close to a LONG plane journey.

The proud Irishman, 52, was in the ITV studio to watch England’s thrilling 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

Roy Keane is praying England don't win Euro 2024

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Roy Keane is praying England don’t win Euro 2024
England celebrate their win over the Dutch

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England celebrate their win over the DutchCredit: Alamy
Fans up and down the country went delirious

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Fans up and down the country went deliriousCredit: Alamy

Victory puts Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions one game away from winning Euro 2024.

And Keane will be desperate for Spain to come out on top in Sunday’s final after making a bold claim earlier in the tournament.

Speaking on « Stick to Football: The Overlap Special », brought to you by Sky Bet, before England’s last-16 win over Switzerland he said: « When we do the TV we have to praise Manchester City – if a team wins something you have to give them credit.

« I’d be immigrating obviously if they win it – probably Melbourne, Sydney! »

Last night, Manchester United legend Keane criticised the « arrogance » of England fans for « expecting to win every major tournament for 30 years ».

In the build-up to the match, Mark Pougatch, Ian Wright, Gary Neville and Keane were talking about whether the England shirt « weighs heavily » on England players at major tournaments due to the pressure of fans.

But Keane felt that was an arrogant comment and urged England’s players to « focus on winning » rather than worrying about expectations put on them by fans.

He explained: « You talk about England not having won anything for 30, 40 years, that’s not on this group of players. Focus on winning the game of football and history will take care of itself.

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England ratings vs Holland

ENGLAND stormed into the final against Spain thanks to Ollie Watkins’ last-minute strike in the 2-1 win over Holland.

It was a brilliant team performance, but how did each player rate?

SunSport’s Tom Barclay ran the rule over Southgate’s boys, and here’s how he rated them.

Jordan Pickford: 7

Bigger goalkeepers may have got a stronger hand to Xavi Simons’ early stunner – though that was being hypercritical. Solid stop to deny Virgil van Dijk after the hour.

Kyle Walker: 7

Looked re-energised after some lumbering displays and bombed on at times in the first half, despite his role on the right of a back three. Last-ditch tackle on Cody Gakpo was spot on.

John Stones: 7

Strong in possession. He looks to have benefited from regular game-time after rarely featuring for Manchester City in the last few months.

Marc Guehi: 6

Came back into the side after suspension ruled him out of the Switzerland game. Had an unenviable task of making the big man Wout Weghorst after the break.

Bukayo Saka: 7

Razor-sharp in the first half, winning tackles, making runs and dribbling the ball proficiently. Less of an impact after the break, had a goal ruled out for offside and was booked.

Declan Rice: 6

Lost possession for Simons’ thunderous opener but grew into the game, mopping up where necessary. Poor pass when Kane was open midway through the second half.

Kobbie Mainoo: 8

Was England’s youngest-ever player to play in a major-tournament semi-final, aged 19years 82 days, and had a stormer in the first half. Great bursts forward, vital tackles, and his interplay with Foden was a joy.

Kieran Trippier: 6

We all know by now that he is playing out of position, so again he was limited going forward and reliable defensively. Subbed at half-time for the more natural Shaw.

Phil Foden: 7

The first 45 minutes was by far and away his best half of the tournament. Thought he’d scored when his shot was cleared off the line by Denzel Dumfries, and cracked the post with a cracker. But was then surprisingly subbed.

Jude Bellingham: 5

Back at the ground where he made his name but struggled to make much of an impact on his old stomping ground. Fortunate it was not he that was subbed.

Harry Kane: 6

Won and dispatched the penalty to go joint top-scorer in the tournament with three goals. Had looked more mobile initially but still tired badly after the break and was taken off.

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Luke Shaw (for Kieran Trippier, half-time): 6

Looked assured for a man who has been out for so long.

Ollie Watkins (for Harry Kane, 81): 9 and STAR MAN 

Surprisingly given the nod over Ivan Toney as striker sub as Southgate looked for more pace in behind. Brilliant finish into the corner to win the game – you could not ask more from him.

Cole Palmer (for Phil Foden, 81): 7

Had his big chance in the final minutes but shanked it horribly wide – but then fed Watkins for his wonderful winner.

Gareth Southgate: 8

His switch to a back three against Switzerland helped dig out the win there, and here it had his team finally playing some great football in the first half. The team went into their shells again as the game wore on and you feared the worst – but you have to say his decision to bring on Ollie Watkins was a masterstroke. 

« When you talk about the weight of the jersey, I think there’s a bit of arrogance that comes with that.

« The consequences of a mistake, that is part of top level sport, you have to deal with that and over the years maybe they haven’t done that well enough. »

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Keane’s co-pundit Wright interrupted him to say: « Roy, you say about arrogance, we’ve got players who are good enough to win.

« We’ve got players that are capable of winning this tournament. »

But Keane hit back: « We’ve been hearing that every tournament, for 30-50 years.

« To say you’ve had players to win every tournament over the last 30 years, I don’t agree with that. »

England’s controversial penalty

By Mark Halsey

HARRY KANE was gifted a penalty by controversial referee Felix Zwayer.

If England had been on the receiving end of that decision, we would have been absolutely fuming.

The German official, previously banned for six months for his part in a match-fixing scandal, should not have been sent to the pitchside monitor by VAR Bastian Dankert.

Both Denzel Dumfries and Kane had their feet in the air as England’s captain got his shot away.

It was just a clash of legs and certainly NOT a ‘clear and obvious error’.
Once Zwayer went over to the monitor, we knew what was going to happen.

He is an excellent referee but we have seen that none of the officials seem mentally tough enough to stick with their original call.

I know some people will argue Dumfries was late to the tackle and it would have been a free-kick elsewhere on the pitch.

But it is a contact sport and it’s natural that there will be a coming together in instances like that.

Aside from the penalty award, Zwayer had a good game.

There were fears decisions would go against England because of Jude Bellingham’s previous comments about Zwayer.

Bellingham was fined £34,000 in 2021 for blaming Zwayer and his match-fixing past for Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

But Zwayer was right to caution Bellingham for his reckless challenge on Stefan de Vrij in the second half.

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