Noel Hunt and Kevin Kilbane criticise Everton midfielder

Liverpool's Adam Lallana in action with Everton's James McCarthy

Everton midfielder James McCarthy featured for the Republic of Ireland against Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana in action with Everton's James McCarthy

Former Leeds United and Ipswich Town striker Noel Hunt has criticised Everton midfielder James McCarthy on social networking site Twitter.

Hunt was not impressed with the way the Republic of Ireland conceded the second goal of the match in the 3-0 defeat to Belgium on Saturday.

Full-back Thomas Meunier swung in a cross into the Republic of Ireland penalty box, and midfielder Axel Witsel headed home from close range.

James McCarthy celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Everton

Hunt claimed on Twitter that Everton midfielder McCarthy was caught ball-watching. The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland international striker, who is not part of Martin O’Neill’s squad for the Euro 2016 finals in France, posted the following message on the social networking site immediately after Belgium scored their goal of the Group E game on Saturday:

Everton's James McCarthy and Bournemouth's Glenn Murray

Former Everton and Republic of Ireland international star Kevin Kilbane also criticised McCarthy for his role in Witsel’s goal.

"It's far too easy,” said Kilbane on BBC Sport (15:20, June 18). “Axel Witsel drifts in from the edge of the penalty area for a free header.

"Nobody tracks the run. He just runs off the back of James McCarthy - he's got to track the run or take a shout from behind to leave him.”

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show in the Euro 2016 Group E match at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux.

The former Chelsea striker scored twice for the Belgians, who bounced back perfectly from the 2-0 defeat to Italy in their opening game at the tournament with a comfortable 3-0 victory.

James McCarthy celebrates with Leighton Baines after scoring the first goal for Everton

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