Tony Cascarino called Harry Maguire’s celebration in England ‘childish’ and admits Roy Keane has probably been waiting to tear him up for some time after his explosive criticism of the Manchester United defender.
Keane let the center-back down when he appeared to send a message to his critics after scoring the opening goal of the Three Lions World Cup qualifying win over Albania.
Maguire was defiant after standing up to nod his head in England’s opener in a 5-0 beating at Wembley, sliding onto his knees with his fingers in his ears, sending a message to those who have him given a hard time for his appalling form at club level, the 28-year-old has come under fire after back-to-back home defeats to Liverpool and Man City.
But that only infuriated Keane even more as the Irishman, an ITV expert at Home of Football, sparked a tirade against the Red Devils captain.
Many have wondered why Maguire thought scoring a goal against a world-ranked 63 team allowed him to put on such a celebration. His job isn’t to score, after all, and it’s fair to say he hasn’t been at his best behind in United this season.
In fact, Algeria almost found an immediate response just minutes after Maguire’s opener, after the defender allowed winger Myrto Uzuni to cross him and break through on goal, with Jordan Pickford taking out the Defender of trouble with smart one-on-one backup. .
Maguire insisted after the game that his celebration was “against no one,” but it seems few people buy it.
Keane called his celebration “embarrassing” and “shameful.”
TalkSPORT expert Cascarino wasn’t that scathing, but agreed it was the wrong thing to do and revealed why he thinks former Irish teammate Kane is so angered by Maguire’s actions.
“If you’re playing badly and having a bad time, you’re going to fight – outright,” said the host of the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“It’s like that. People will criticize you if you make mistakes.
“If you play for Manchester United and you don’t play at a certain level, it’s not good enough for Man United and it’s not good enough for England.
“I thought it was a bit childish. I thought, ‘Really?’ You have a stick, but you haven’t played well enough not to be.
On Keane’s blast, his former Republic of Ireland teammate added: “When he goes for you, he really goes for you. I’m still laughing.
“When they [Republic of Ireland] had the problem in 2002 and he left the World Cup, the meeting between Mick McCarthy and the guys, the guys were shocked at the machine gun tongue shown at that time.
“Things are happening with Roy. You think you got away with it – and he’s going to sit down. He’s going to store it. It can go on for a year or two, then suddenly it comes out.
“Unfortunately for Harry, Roy only had a few months watching him play badly. He was probably thinking, ‘If you do something like you just did, I’ll give it to you.’
However, Maguire got sympathy on talkSPORT on Friday night, with former Premier League striker and expert of the day Dean Ashton insisting Keane’s criticisms were too ‘harsh’.
“It was a little ironic of Maguire,” said the ex-West Ham and Norwich star.
“He’s had his critics, a lot of them, Keane being one of them, and rightly so because of his performances.
“Then when you score a goal and put in a performance, you have every right to wave your critics.
“Yes, he has to go on and do it consistently for his club, but I certainly wouldn’t have said it was embarrassing.”