Roy Keane has implored Gareth Southgate not to “be too clever” as England plot their way through the 2018 World Cup.
England face Belgium on Thursday in a game that will decide who finishes top of Group G.
Some have suggested that England lose the game in an attempt to finish second and face a more favourable draw in the knockout stages, but Keane thinks that would be foolish.
The Republic of Ireland assistant manager made his thoughts clear to fellow pundits Ian Wright and Gary Neville, whose expectations he clearly feels are a little too high.
“If I was in Gareth’s shoes, I wouldn’t try to be too clever,” he told ITV Sport.
“I’m kind of bored of the lads all night thinking they’ve already won the tournament.
“I would just say keep it simple. Focus on the next game, try and win the next game. Don’t worry about the last 16, quarter-final, final.
“Don’t try and please everybody and give all the lads in the squad a game.”
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) June 24, 2018