Manchester United legend Roy Keane has taken aim at Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, insisting the pair are not good enough to play for England.
The two defenders have been struggling for form along with most of the Manchester United team this season but were still selected as part of Roy Hodgson' England squad for the World Cup.
Whether it is though lack of better options or not, they are going, but Keane, who is never one to shy away from an argument believes neither of them should be on the plane to South America.
In fact, he believes the two players are worse than they were 12 months ago.
Quoted in the Daily Mail, Keane said: "We were told Jones was going to be the new Duncan Edwards - Smalling was going to be this and that.
‘I’ve watched United live nine or 10 times this year and they have been none of those things. If anything I think they have gone backwards.
"You say you have to give players a chance to mature, but also you’ve got players who you say, 'We’ve given you a chance and you’re not taking it'. They need to do a lot better if they want to cement their place at United.
"Jones needs to toughen up. Every time I see him he is getting carried off."
Although they are both part of the 23-man squad, neither are likely to be part of Hodgson's first XI. Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Everton's Phil Jagielka are expected to start, but Keane still believes Jones and Smalling are lucky to be in the squad.
Asked whether they should be in the team, Keane said: "Not on their current form. The two of them have had disappointing seasons.
"But England might need them, you may get players who get injured. Maybe in other positions they might be needed. Maybe that is one of the reasons why Roy has taken Jones and Smalling, with the thinking that they can play full back or midfield."
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