Roy Keane slams John Stones for squandering golden chance in England vs Scotland

Roy Keane blasted John Stones for failing to find the back of the net while unmarked in the box during England’s Euro 2020 encounter with Scotland.

Stones latched onto the end of Mason Mount’s corner while in acres of room and diverted a powerful header goalwards.

But the Manchester City defender was denied by the post in what proved to be the Three Lions’ best chance of a tepid first-half performance.

Replays appeared to show Stones did well to go close after back-pedalling to make a huge leap and connect with the ball.

Keane, however, claimed the 27-year-old “mistimed” his jump.

Keane was hugely critical of Stones for not doing better with his chance

“If he does mistime it, that’s his own fault,” Keane told ITV Sport. “He has to score… he has to score.”

Embarking on a scathing assessment of England’s first-half display, the former Manchester United captain added: “They’re all taking too many touches at the back. It’s the type of pass you give your team-mate.

“(Declan) Rice is coming back but if you’re a centre-half you should be saying ‘get away from me’. What are you doing? He’s coming out and coming sideways. Not good enough.”

Ian Wright was just as despairing of his country’s performance and accused the Three Lions of making it “very comfortable” for their opponents.

“What’s happening at the moment with England is that we are passing it at pace where it’s very comfortable for Scotland,” said the former Arsenal and England striker. “We need someone who can do something different.

“You’ve seen it at times from Phil Foden but you need someone who can get on the ball on and commit a payer.

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“Commit someone, drag someone out. Go past them and see if we can create something. No shots on target for us.”

Former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness, meanwhile, was delighted by Scotland’s performance as he spoke at half-time.

“They’ve been fabulous,” said the Liverpool hero.

“Slightly concerned that the energy might not be there for 90 minutes. Billy Gilmour the best player on the pitch. Never gives the ball away which is fabulous for a midfielder.

“I’m chuffed. We’ve had the best chances and with a wee bit off luck you never know.

“We’re very much in the game but we might need some fresh legs in the second half.”

Discussing what England’s performance was lacking, Souness added: “They need a Billy Gilmour. They need a maestro. They’ve got (Kalvin) Phillips and Rice – two peas out of the same pod.

“This is England, at home and they’re not threatening. But I saw that against Croatia.

“I think the two central midfielders, you need a different type of player in there in the centre. Billy Gilmour, unfortunately he’s Scottish.”

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