‘He looks so small’: Roy Keane blasts England mainstay who is ‘not a top player’ in his position

Jason Soutar
Roy Keane during punditry

Roy Keane has slammed Everton and England No. 1 after the Toffees were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

The 29-year-old was given little chance by Ilkay Gundogan’s incredible individual goal in the first half, but was unable to keep out Erling Haaland’s header seconds later and was well beaten by Gundogan’s second-half free-kick as City won at Goodison Park.

Analysing the third goal, Keane, who has questioned Pickford’s credentials in the past, disagreed with fellow pundit Micah Richards’ opinion of the England No. 1.

He told Sky Sports: “Pickford, for the goal…my goodness. He looks so small in there. There’s no spring, he’s not anticipating.

“Micah said before the game he’s a top goalkeeper. He’s not.”

Keane was, however, full of praise for Gundogan and in particular, his improvised 37th-minute finish after he had controlled Riyad Mahrez’s cross on his thigh before flicking the ball home with his back still to goal.

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He said: “What an outstanding player. Again, we mentioned (Everton boss) Sean Dyche will be disappointed with the defending, but once it goes in there, his first touch is brilliant; his second one is even better.

“What a player this guy is, absolutely brilliant, the way he times his runs into the box…what a magnificent finish. I’d watch that all day. Brilliant.”

Keane’s former club, Manchester United, have actually been linked with Pickford.

David De Gea’s future at Old Trafford is up in the air but Erik ten Hag is eager to extend his contract, which expires this summer.

It is unclear whether or not Ten Hag wants to keep De Gea on as his first-choice goalkeeper, but the signing of a new shot-stopper does appear to be on the cards.

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