Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville Reveals His England Nightmare

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville Reveals His England Nightmare

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FORMER United defender Phil Neville hopes none of Gareth Southgate's squad will be made a scapegoat should things not go to plan at the World Cup.

It has been a largely positive build-up to the tournament so far, with a relaxed atmosphere in and around the England camp.

That solidarity will be put to the test when Gareth Southgate's men open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday night.

Neville recalled the fallout after Euro 2000 when his poor tackle gave away a late penalty against Romania in the final group game - and the subsequent defeat sent the Three Lions home.

"I got home and the next six months were probably the most difficult of my career. There was an England flag on my gates on fire. There were England fans outside my gates regularly shouting abuse," Neville said. …

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