Gary Neville has been asked to give a motivational talk to the England rugby team today. England’s rugby coach, Stuart Lancaster, asked Neville to deliver the talk to help sort out the rugby team who made a show of themselves at last year’s World Cup.
“When Gary Neville says it is an honour, it is an honour, if the players understand that, then you get more responsible behaviour as well,” said Lancaster. “Gary never turned down playing for his country, he is one of the most capped England players ever. He was frustrated, because he never felt he achieved with England what he wanted to achieve. He wants to help the players understand that, when you are playing for your country and you get it right, like England did at Euro 96, how powerful that is, to get the nation behind you. The ‘Three Lions on the shirt’ – we all felt that. Gary wants to help our team get that feeling. His message is good. He is not doing this for any other reason than he wants to try to help. His brother Phil also played for England, his sister Tracey played for England at netball. When I asked him, he said it was an honour to do it, as did everyone else.”