Gary Neville claims N'Golo Kante was the 'BEST player on the pitch' in France's 1-0 win over Austria as Roy Keane and Ian Wright marvel over 33-year-old's 'excellent' performance

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By Ryan Walker

Published: 18:20 EDT, 17 June 2024 | Updated: 18:25 EDT, 17 June 2024

Gary Neville described N'Golo Kante arsenic nan 'best subordinate connected nan pitch' against Austria while Roy Keane and Ian Wright heaped further praise connected nan erstwhile Chelsea prima for his superb capacity successful France's opening Euro 2024 victory.

The 33-year-old has been mostly disconnected nan radar of European shot since deciding to time off Stamford Bridge successful favour of a move to Saudi Arabia past year, but made a expansive re-introduction to tourney shot connected Monday.

Kante was named arsenic a starter successful a two-man midfield alongside Juventus playmaker Adrien Rabiot and starred arsenic Les Blues sewage their European Championship run disconnected to nan cleanable start.

The two-time Premier League and Champions League victor was everyplace arsenic he collapsed up play by occupying cardinal protect positions, sewage play moving guardant pinch passes done nan lines and dribbled pinch nan excellence that he was renowned for during his years playing successful England's top-flight.

Former Man United and England full-back Neville marvelled complete Kante's capacity and explained really integral nan midfielder was to France's occurrence astatine Euro 2024. 

N'Golo Kante starred successful France's opening Euro 2024 triumph complete Austria connected Monday evening

The Frenchman produced a masterclass midfield capacity successful nan 1-0 triumph complete Austria

Kante was everyplace arsenic he persistently collapsed up play successful nan mediate of nan transportation for France

'He's not a holding midfield subordinate who conscionable stays there, he's everyplace connected nan transportation and runs guardant and Rabiot conscionable sits backmost and balances off,' Neville told ITV.

'I thought he was perfectly outstanding tonight, it was a awesome capacity and was nan champion subordinate connected nan pitch. A mates of years agone he looked decorativeness but has had a 2nd lease of life,' he added.

Neville's erstwhile Untied team-mate Keane further complimented Kante and claimed nan midfielder played arsenic if he was a 'younger version' of himself that had antecedently starred astatine Leicester and Chelsea.

Explaining Kante's important domiciled successful France's triumph complete Ralf Rangnick's side, Keane said: 'He was superb and he has that immense experience. I deliberation what he is really bully astatine arsenic good evidently is we talk astir breaking nan play up but it's erstwhile he does nan different bits arsenic well. 

'He's crisp pinch his passing, he evidently covers nan crushed we cognize that, his decision-making is fantabulous but he is neat and tidy pinch his passing and loves a small one-two. He tin walk it forward, makes runs guardant and he looked for illustration a younger type of himself tonight. 

'I cognize it's nan first crippled of nan tourney and let's spot really he gets connected pinch nan strength of nan games. I ne'er doubted him earlier nan game, that acquisition he has sewage it successful abundance and was excellent,' he added.

Gary Neville (left) marvelled complete Kante's capacity and described him arsenic nan 'best subordinate connected nan pitch'

The midfielder was 1 of only six French players to complete 90 minutes against Austria

Kante was 1 of only six outfield players to complete 90 minutes arsenic Didier Deschamps afloat utilised his chair pinch 5 substitutions and excelled successful turning defence into attack.

Arsenal fable Wright believes nan seasoned has benefitted from playing successful a lesser convention successful nan Middle East but was arsenic amazed astatine Kante's expertise to again execute astatine a apical level successful a awesome tournament. 

'He's going to discontinue very comfortably,' said Wright erstwhile discussing nan riches paid to players successful Saudi Arabia. 

'When you travel and play to that level he must beryllium doing thing because if you're playing successful a convention wherever nan modular is not arsenic bully past really is he getting to that level?,' he said.

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