Roy Keane lays into Manchester United duo after England beat Belgium

Gareth Southgate watched his England side come from behind to beat Belgium in the Nations League on Sunday.

The Three Lions recovered from a slow start against Belgium after a foul from Tottenham’s Eric Dier led to Romelu Lukaku giving the visitors a one goal lead from the penalty spot.

Manchester United duo Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford started the game, while Luke Shaw was overlooked for a call-up again.

England went in level at the break as Rashford converted a spot-kick of his own but Roy Keane was not impressed with the United forward’s body language.

“Rashford in the first-half was going through the motions,” Keane said on ITV at half-time (quotes via The Metro). “I just want to make a point, Rashford, his body language in the first half, he needs to do better.

“And then he started doing what he should be doing, running at people, getting forward, doing things quickly.

“Gareth Southgate should have said something at half-time, cut out this nonsense, kind of standing on the ball.

“Pass it and run, pass it and move and, again, it was excellent play between [Declan] Rice and Rashford at the end but simplify the game.

“Remember what got you into this England team and that’s running at people. That’s your strength.”

Rashford suffered a serious injury last season and is still trying to rediscover his best form. What he does for England makes no difference to us, but scoring for the Three Lions on Sunday should do his confidence the world of good.

Discussing the penalty incident in the 16th minute, Keane accused Maguire of ‘making a bad situation worse’ by diving in on Kevin De Bruyne which left Dier exposed versus Lukaku.

“We’re talking about decision-making, particularly against very good teams here.

“Listen, Rice had an excellent night, I thought he was very good, but here he gets himself into a bit of a mess with his decision-making.

“He gets dragged into the ball where he really doesn’t have to.

“When you make a mistake like that you hope your team-mate helps you out but then it’s compounded by Maguire, they’ve made a bad situation worse.

“Maguire then goes when he doesn’t have to go and straight away you’re thinking, ‘We’re in trouble here’ because you look at this boy, Lukaku, big, strong, powerful player and you know he’s going to outrun Dier.

“In a defensive position your plan is to slow him up if you can and show him wide but Dier does the opposite to that.”

England take on Denmark on Wednesday evening at Wembley.

It was great that none of our players picked up injuries during the internationals yesterday, but I would like to see most of them rested for the second round of fixtures. Anthony Martial came on as a substitute for France so he might get more minutes before returning to Carrington.

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  1. Hi l watched a lot of football matches and many cheat players dived and set up bad examples every where they are not not footballers any way with big money than George Best’s greatest player ever with little wages as labourers

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