Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, was asked by Roy Hodgson to join his team of coaches for the Euros, despite having no experience. After retiring, Neville walked in to a job with Sky Sports as a pundit and has been a roaring success. It is presumably because of his excellent pre and post match analysis that Neville was seen capable of providing something to the set up for this tournament.
Neville has been an animated character during the games but thinks he needs to chill out a bit more before he will be ready for management, suggesting he’s happy where he is with Sky Sports during the season.
“You kick every ball. You head every ball. I need to calm down a little bit before I even consider management!” he said. “I’m just blessed to be here. I feel privileged to be here and to have been asked to come and be a coach under Roy, contributing as much as I possibly can. I really am just learning the ropes.”
With the expectations put on England lower than ever, the team has seemed to thrive, finishing top of a group which contained France. Neville thinks the success they’ve had in the opening three games is down to the fact the players have come with less of an ego.
“I believe it is a squad without ego,’’ said Neville. “They are all working for one another and you can see that on the pitch. The greatest demonstration of that spirit is the way in which they play for each other and fought for each other. There is no star in the group. We have got big characters in the dressing-room but they are all fighting for the cause. They’ll have to continue to do that because it is going to be damn tough on Sunday.”