Roy Keane says Wet ‘n Wild waterpark is his World Cup highlight with Ireland

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Roy Keane reveals visits to Wet ‘n Wild waterpark in Orlando are his World Cup highlight… despite being part of the Republic of Ireland side that stunned Italy in one of the great upsets at the same tournament in ’94!

  • Roy Keane was 22 when he went to the 1994 World Cup in the US with Ireland
  • Former midfielder has recalled how squad would go to Orlando waterparks 
  • Wet ‘n Wild on International Drive, which closed in 2016, was a favourite
  • Keane had Gary Neville and Micah Richards in hysterics with his comments
  • It certainly ranks higher than 2002, when Keane was sent home in disgrace  

Roy Keane has fondly recalled trips to the Wet ‘n Wild waterpark in Florida when at the 1994 World Cup with the Republic of Ireland – joking it was one of the highlights of his career.

Jack Charlton’s team were based in Orlando for part of the tournament, playing their second group match against Mexico and their last-16 tie against Holland in the city.

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And former Manchester United captain Keane, who was 22 at the time, said the downtime between games was an excuse for fun in the sun.

It will seem a surprising World Cup highlight for many considering Keane was in the Ireland side that upset Italy in their opening game of that same tournament.  

Roy Keane has revealed his World Cup highlight was going to Wet ‘n Wild waterpark in Orlando during the Republic of Ireland’s 1994 campaign in the United States 

Keane had Gary Neville and Micah Richards in hysterics with his fond memories of Wet 'n Wild

Keane had Gary Neville and Micah Richards in hysterics with his fond memories of Wet ‘n Wild

Keane described visits to the Wet 'n Wild waterpark in 1994 as his World Cup highlight

Keane described visits to the Wet ‘n Wild waterpark in 1994 as his World Cup highlight

‘The highlight of my career, in terms of World Cups, obviously was ’94,’ he told Gary Neville and Micah Richards in Sky Bet’s World Cup Meet-Up series.

‘But that as going to the waterparks in Florida in between the games. It was brilliant.

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‘Wet ‘n Wild waterpark. Yeah, it was brilliant. You know when you get days off, which we get plenty with Ireland, we’d go straight down to the waterpark.

‘Brilliant, honestly. Wet ‘n Wild, recommend it.’

Keane’s comments provoked howls of laughter from Neville and Richards but he will be sad to hear that the popular water park, located on International Drive in Orlando, closed in 2016.

Ray Houghton was head over heels after scoring the goal that sunk tournament faves Italy

Ray Houghton was head over heels after scoring the goal that sunk tournament faves Italy 

That win in the opening group game ranks as one of the World Cup's greatest-ever upsets

That win in the opening group game ranks as one of the World Cup’s greatest-ever upsets

Ireland’s run to the knockout stages, having stunned tournament favourites Italy 1-0 in their opening group game, was considered a success at the time.

Ray Houghton scored the winner at Giants Stadium in New York as Ireland recorded one of their most famous results.

But Keane said at the time ‘there was nothing to celebrate’ because the team ‘achieved little’ after losing 2-0 to Holland in the first knockout round.

Keane said during their ample downtime with Ireland, the players went straight to Wet 'n Wild

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Keane said during their ample downtime with Ireland, the players went straight to Wet ‘n Wild

Keane, who was then 22, pictured with Ireland boss Jack Charlton during the 1994 World Cup

Keane, who was then 22, pictured with Ireland boss Jack Charlton during the 1994 World Cup

Ireland were based in Orlando for much of the tournament, soaking up the Florida sunshine

Ireland were based in Orlando for much of the tournament, soaking up the Florida sunshine

Keane (right) is pictured during one of Ireland's training sessions in Orlando during 1994

Keane (right) is pictured during one of Ireland’s training sessions in Orlando during 1994

Keane’s final experience of the World Cup in 2002 was less pleasurable after he was sent home ahead of the tournament in Japan and South Korea following a bust-up with coach Mick McCarthy.

He was livid with the quality of the training facilities on offer at Ireland’s base in Saipan though he did return to the international fold after McCarthy resigned later that year.

Keane will be working as a pundit for ITV during the upcoming Qatar World Cup.

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