Roy Keane hammers Tyrone Mings after England’s Nations League defeat to Belgium
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Roy Keane has blasted Tyrone Mings for his part in Belgium’s second goal against England on Sunday night.
After Youri Tielemans had opened the scoring for the hosts, Belgium were awarded a controversial free-kick when Declan Rice was adjudged to have fouled Kevin De Bruyne.
Dries Mertens expertly converted to make it 2-0 and end England’s hopes of reaching the UEFA Nations League finals.
Manchester United legend Keane did agree that the awarding of the free-kick was incorrect – but slammed Mings for not jumping in the wall.
Dries Mertens expertly converts a free-kick to make it 2-0 against England
“It’s certainly not a free-kick but you still have to deal with it,” he told ITV Sport.
“What I can’t understand is the wall. You have to jump.
“People talk about players putting it under the wall, but the way he’s running up, he’s clearly going to try and whip it over the wall.
“Why Tyrone Mings doesn’t jump is beyond me, I just don’t understand it.
Roy Keane criticised Mings for not jumping in the wall
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“It’s a great goal but the wall has to jump. You’ve got to jump, you have to.”
In contrast to his Aston Villa teammate, Keane singled out Jack Grealish for praise following the defeat.
The midfielder was handed his first competitive start in Leuven and was arguably, England’s star performer on the night.
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Keane spent time working with Grealish when he was a coach at Villa and he believes he is the type of player England need to succeed.
"He takes risks,” he added. “What I love about Jack – and I worked with him at Aston Villa – is his courage.
“Wanting the ball in tight areas, dealing with the ball, getting you up the pitch, winning free-kicks, courage, he’s quicker than you think.
"The way he’s improved over the past six months has been fantastic. We keep talking about England winning something or getting to the next level, I think they need a player like Jack to do that. He was outstanding."
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