‘I had a bust-up with Peter Schmeichel at 4am in a hotel… it never affected us’: Roy Keane backs England and Raheem Sterling to move on after fall-out with team-mate Joe Gomez
- Roy Keane believes Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez will move on from fall-out
- The two England stars had endured an altercation at St George’s Park this week
- Sterling was subsequently dropped from Gareth Southgate’s matchday squad
- Keane backed the duo to make up but believes Sterling was harshly left out
Roy Keane believes Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez will promptly patch up any differences following their altercation on international duty for England this week.
The former Manchester United midfielder spoke about a fall-out between himself and Peter Schmeichel during their playing days, and admitted that passion between team-mates is ‘a good thing’.
Keane also disagrees with Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop Sterling from his matchday squad for Thursday’s qualifying clash with Montenegro.
Roy Keane believes Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez will promptly patch up their differences
Speaking on ITV Sport, Keane said: ‘From my own experience, seeing players having fisticuffs, they’ve made a bigger deal than what it really is. I suppose we’re quite quick to criticise players for not caring. I’m not patting him on the back for going on one of his team mates.’
The duo had clashed at St George’s Park on Tuesday, with emotions still raw following Liverpool’s crucial victory against Manchester City just days before.
Both players had previously come together on the field with tempers flaring at Anfield during the potential title decider.
And as a result of the altercation at England’s training base, Southgate revealed that Sterling wouldn’t be considered for the first clash of the international break, although the 24-year-old could feature against Kosovo.
When quizzed whether the City star should have been left out by the national team boss, Keane added: ‘I personally don’t think so, he (Southgate) probably knows more than us.
The England duo had clashed on Tuesday with emotions raw after Liverpool’s victory at Anfield
ITV pundit Keane highlighted his own bust-up with Peter Schmeichel at Manchester United
‘I’ve had a fight with Peter Schmeichel in the hotel, it was in the lobby and to be fair it was four in the morning, there wasn’t many people around. And we got pulled by the manager, he said we’re both a disgrace.
‘To be fair to Peter he apologised but we moved on. It never affected us as team mates or wanting the same thing. When I hear about the PR side of it where the players have to apologise to the group, I don’t get all that side of it.
‘When lads do have a bust up they end up being pretty fine afterwards, you’ve got to clear the air. There’s tension involved and players care.’
The two United legends had come to blows during a pre-season tour of Asia, and the fight remarkably left the Danish stopper with a black eye.
Sir Alex Ferguson had labelled Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel a ‘disgrace’ after their fight