Roy Keane has slammed Republic of Ireland’s performance following their 4-0 thrashing by Spain, calling the defence ‘absolutely shocking’.
Ireland became the first team to be knocked out of Euro 2012 after losses Croatia and the world and European champions.
Keane, a former Ireland captain, was very critical of the mistake-ridden displays of Giovanni Trapattoni’s charges, and was particularly damning regarding their defensive display against the Spaniards.
“We came into the tournament with high hopes but they never turned up,” Keane told ITV.
“Spain are world champions, (they are) fantastic, but the goals they (Ireland) gifted them tonight at any level were absolutely shocking.”
Keane spoke of his personal disappointment following his country’s exit, and believed it highlighted the gap in quality between Ireland and their opponents in this tournament.
“It’s a reality check for a lot of the Irish players,” Keane said.
“I think a lot of them think they’re top players, and it goes to show that they’re so far behind a lot of these players.”
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