Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England Have Overachieved in This World Cup - Neville

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England Have Overachieved in This World Cup - Neville

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FORMER United and England defender Gary Neville believes Gareth Southgate's squad can be proud of their achievements, despite failing to reach the World Cup fina.

"The first thing to say is this team has taken us to a place we never imagined we could get," said Neville, who was part of the England coaching team during the embarrassing defeat to Iceland in the Euros two years ago.

"I said before the tournament England never overachieve.

"This team has overachieved getting to the semi-final and they can all be absolutely proud.

"They have taken the nation with them.

"You see all the fans out in the park to see them. I never thought I'd see scenes like that this World Cup.

"They can be absolutely proud.

"We did say before the game these lads have to take this opportunity because it may never come again and all I hope as I look at them now crying, disappointed, upset, is that they get another opportunity as good as the one they've just had. …

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