Roy Keane in brutal on-air spat after Ian Wright mocked his Irish accent following England defeat
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Roy Keane in brutal on-air spat after Ian Wright mocked his Irish accent following England defeat

Roy Keane and Ian Wright were embroiled in a bitter row live on ITV last night following England's devastating World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

Former Republic of Ireland captain Keane accused Wright of "embarrassing" himself after the former Arsenal striker appeared to mock Keane's Cork accent.

The spat came after Keane claimed his English co-pundits "got ahead of themselves" by daring to dream about football coming home.

Tempers threatened to boil over as the Irishman stuck the proverbial boot in just moments after the Three Lions' crushing 2-1 loss in extra time.

"Before the game, all the talk was about the final and France," the former Manchester United star said during ITV's post-match analysis.

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"I didn't mind you being happy but you got carried away, planning the final, where the parades would be".

Keane added: "And I was right. You needed a reality check."

Wright, sat alongside fellow ex-England internationals Gary Neville and Lee Dixon, fired back: "Why shouldn’t we get excited about it? It’s something to get excited about.

"People weren’t even expecting us to get to the semi-final, why couldn’t we have got excited about being there?"

Keane responded saying England should have taken the tournament "one day at a time".

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Wright, egged on by Keane's former United teammate Neville, then repeated the word "final" over and over in Keane’s Corkonian brogue.

Keane snapped back: "You know what I’m talking about. You’ve embarrassed yourself."

Social media users were split when it came to backing either Keano or Wrighty, but most of the ire was directed at the Irishman.

One person said: “Watching Ian Wright and Roy Keane shouting over each other for two minutes was the worst TV I've seen in a long time."

Another added: "Roy Keane is a disgrace to football and should never be allowed to be involved in the game. Vile excuse of a man."

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband clearly agreed:

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Ouch.