Roy Keane was critical of England boss Gareth Southgate for not consoling Harry Maguire as he trudged off the pitch following his sending off against Denmark.
The Manchester United captain, who has endured a tough few months on and off the pitch, was given his marching orders for two yellow cards in the opening 31 minutes on Wednesday night.
England went on to lose 1-0 at Wembley and former United captain Keane believed Southgate could have showed a softer side as a devastated Maguire walked past him down the tunnel.
When questioned about Southgate not consoling Maguire, Keane told ITV: ‘I think sometimes he [Gareth] knows Harry has had a tough time on and off the pitch, a pat on the back would have helped him.
‘That would have settled him from Gareth.’
Keane also said that returning to an under-performing United side, following two defeats out of their first three Premier League games, won’t help Maguire’s form either.
‘The only down side is for Maguire, he’s going back to a team not full of confidence,’ Keane added.
‘I’ve been in situations before when I was in a situation with brilliant characters, I felt the dressing room was the best in the world. He’s not going to get that, in that back four.
‘I wouldn’t be anywhere near those lads – I don’t see them as leaders.’
After the game, Southgate leaped to Maguire’s defence after his red card capped a miserable period since being hit with a trio of guilty verdicts for his involvement in a violent incident whilst on holiday in Mykonos.
Asked whether he felt the Manchester United defender needed a break away from the game, Southgate said: ‘Knowing Harry as I do, he’ll want to play football.
‘The best place for him to be is on the pitch. We know he’s happy for everybody to have an opinion on what he should be doing. That’s life as a top player. If nobody’s interested in you life’s very straightforward.
‘If you’re captain of United and a top player for England everybody has an opinion. You have to ride with that. He’s strong enough to deal with it. He’s got to show the resilience I know he has to come through that.
‘He is having a period where he is getting a lot of sticks thrown his way but he is big enough to deal with that he will come through it, he will be stronger for it.
‘He’s got our support and I’m sure his club will do the same. He is getting all sorts at the moment, from people who should know better. None of us like to be in the centre of that storm.’