Roy Keane rips into Arsenal star Ben White for role in Switzerland’s goal vs England but Ian Wright comes to his defence

ROY KEANE let rip at Ben White for his role in Switzerland’s goal against England at Wembley.

The Arsenal defender saw a Xherdan Shaqiri cross to the back post float just over his head before Breel Embolo buried the opportunity.

Ben White was beaten by a Xherdan Shaqiri cross for Switzerland’s goalCredit: Getty

Things improved after that though

Things improved after that thoughCredit: EPA

White was only in the side after John Stones, initially named in the starting XI, had to pull out after picking up an injury in the pre-match warm up.

But notoriously hard-to-please Keane had no sympathy.

Speaking on ITV the Man Utd legend said: “It really is tough, you’re up against good teams. Sometimes it’s just slight mistakes which we see for the goal and he just got caught out.

“It’s good quality from Switzerland and they were on top at that moment in time. And we can criticise Luke Shaw for not stopping the cross – but people like Shaqiri have produced at this level many times before.

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“They’ve got to get closer but as soon as it leaves his foot White’s body position is all wrong, Embolo’s got his number.

“He just got caught out, as simple as that. It’s a great finish and he got punished. You hope sometimes to get away with it, but it’s a great delivery and he’s just been caught out.”

Arsenal legend Ian Wright however stuck up for White.

He retorted: “I think, being called up as late as he did because of the injury in the warm-up, there was a bit of nerves, you could see that.

“But I thought he did well in the game to be honest. He did very well.”

Fortunately, England recovered from that 22nd minute goal to come back and win the friendly clash 2-1.

White has enjoyed a fabulous season at Arsenal following his £50million summer switch from Brighton.

He’s formed a rock-solid partnership with Gabriel at the back for the Gunners that has helped propel them up to fourth in the Premier League table.

Speaking before yesterday’s England game, pundit Jamie Redknapp offered his take on White.

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He said: “Ben’s form for Arsenal has been fantastic. He’s really formed a good partnership at the back, you know, probably the best they’ve had for a long time at Arsenal.

“I think he needs to play alongside someone that’s dominant.”

Roy Keane is notoriously harsh

Roy Keane is notoriously harshCredit: Getty


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