Roy Keane believes Gareth Southgate should have consoled Harry Maguire as he trudged from the pitch after his sending off against Denmark.
The Man Utd captain was shown two yellow cards in the opening half hour on Wednesday night.
England lost 1-0 to Denmark at Wembley and Keane says Southgate missed a trick by not showing Maguire some love as he walked past him.
Keane told ITV: “I think sometimes he [Gareth] knows Harry has had a tough time on and off the pitch, a pat on the back would have helped him.
“That would have settled him from Gareth.”
Keane also sympathised with Maguire at the thought of having to return to an under-performing United side, lacking in leaders.
“The only down side is for Maguire, he’s going back to a team not full of confidence,” Keane added.
“I’ve been in situations before when I was in a situation with brilliant characters, I felt the dressing room was the best in the world. He’s not going to get that, in that back four.
“I wouldn’t be anywhere near those lads – I don’t see them as leaders.”