Gary Neville and Roy Keane destroyed Jerome Boateng during Germany 2-1 Sweden

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Following South Korea 1-2 Mexico, Germany knew they would be eliminated from the 2018 World Cup if they lost to Sweden on Saturday evening.

Things got off to a worrying start as the Swedes pounced on a rare misplaced pass from Toni Kroos to take the lead in the 32nd-minute.

Ola Toivonen's dink deflected off Antonio Rudiger and looped over Manuel Neuer, but in addition to Kroos' error, Germany's defence looked suspect in that moment.

With Mats Hummels out injured, Jerome Boateng led the 2014 winners' backline but he was horribly dragged out of position as Toivonen ran down the middle of the pitch to score.

Gary Neville and Roy Keane were less than impressed with the 29-year-old's display, and they both went in on the defender at half-time.

Keane destroys Boateng

The Manchester United legends were joined by ex-teammate Patrice Evra and Swedish legend Henrik Larson for ITV's coverage of Germany 2-1 Sweden.

As the quartet analysed the first-half of the Group F clash, Keane dropped his unfiltered thoughts on Boateng whilst footage of his defending was shown.


As you can see in the video below, the Irishman slammed Germany's centre-back and even called for Joachim Low to replace him at the interval.

"Defensively, (there was a) lack of concentration, players being lazy," 46-year-old Keane said. "The two centre-halves would give you a heart attack.

"(Jerome) Boateng's walking around the place like he's playing Sunday League football. "He's been a disgrace. Get him off!"

Neville goes in on Boateng too

If that wasn't enough, Neville had his say on the Bayern Munich star, who was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the second period, shortly afterwards.


To several viewers' surprise, the Englishman slated him just as savagely as Keane did, calling Boateng a "joke" repeatedly: "The (Germany) centre-backs have been a joke.

The former Man Utd right-back added: "I mean Boateng, for some reason, seems to think he is (Franz) Beckenbauer.

"He thinks he's a player. He’s played under Pep (Guardiola) and now starts to think he is a fantastic footballer."

Germany v Sweden: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Having salvaged a 2-1 win in Sochi thanks to Marco Reus and Kroos, Boateng and Germany will hope to build momentum when they face South Korea on Wednesday.

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