David Beckham: I always believed Phil Neville was better suited to coaching than his brother Gary
From boys to men via the Class of 92, Manchester United and now the Mestalla: Phil and Gary Neville and their careers in pictures. Valencia's new manager Gary Neville has joined younger brother Phil at the Mestalla after deciding to take over the reins at the Spanish outfit. David Beckham has revealed he always believed Phil Neville was better suited to management than his brother Gary after he made a surprise. Gary Alexander Neville (born 18 February ) is an English football coach, retired football Neville also scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League, the first on 12 March . On 23 May , he was joined in the England team by his brother Phil Neville for a match against China; they had also appeared together in.
Phil was always more talented as a youngster. He got in England schoolboy teams and things like that. I was struggling to even get in the county team — I was sub at times — whereas Phil was always one of the best in the country.
I never got close to making England teams. Is there a huge sibling rivalry between you? Rob Buchanan, Milton Keynes Phil: No, never has been. At the start it was a bit weird, two brothers playing in the same team, but you get used to it. Which of you got into most trouble as a kid? He was very opinionated too. It became more serious than things like wagging school, which I never did.
In the final year I saw sense and decided to conform, but for three years — between the second and the fourth year — I was a pain in the backside. I very rarely got into trouble.
Is it true you two get most stick from team-mates? Matthew Whitty, Basingstoke G: Because they give it to us together, we give as good back together as well. Alan Grott, via email G: I think we would. We like watching football and are both sporty. Not everybody is the same. Nick Gamble, Manchester P: Sometimes he just needs to chill out a bit. Phil has a habit of being ridiculously early. Ever donned a PE skirt and played netball with your sister Tracey?
Jerry Greig, Bristol P: But we went to see her play in the Commonwealth games. It is fair to say that some fans have it in for you. Gary Jones, via e-mail P: If I started getting stick from them then that obviously becomes a problem. But getting stick at other grounds is something I quite enjoy, to be honest with you. How did it feel to be the first brothers to play together for England since the Charltons? Jason Rogan, via e-mail P: My mum and dad were probably more proud than us because at the time you only think about your own selection.
Gary was 20, I was 18 and playing for England was a massive thing in itself. Which of you would win a fight? Danny Moore, Southfields P: Hypothetically, who would win? You know, we probably did have fights when we were really young. Not fights but I threw a gun at you once and cut your eye, do you remember? Elliot Rogers, Islington G: They may have to go part-time but even that would be a shame. Towns have football clubs as their identity and there are many other small clubs with great traditions like Bury.
Ross Strachan, Whiston, Merseyside G: The chant comes from a piece I did in a United fanzine about eight years ago. You two and David Beckham are always good about clapping the fans. Stephanie Hanson, Altrincham G: Neville had been the youngest first-choice player in the England first team during his debut tournament, Euro 96playing in each game until the semi-final, for which he was suspended after receiving a yellow card in two separate games.
England were knocked out by the eventual winners, Germanyin a penalty shootout. He also played in the World Cup under the tenure of Glenn Hoddle as manager. As "a bit of a sceptic", Neville did not see Eileen Drewerythe faith healer Hoddle had brought into the England squad. Neville missed the latter stages of the qualification campaign for the World Cup with injury. He returned to the England team in March for a friendly against Uruguay.
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Neville was selected for England's World Cup squad. It was his 81st England cap, bringing him up to ninth in the all-time rankings, ahead of Gary Lineker and teammate Michael Owenwho had briefly drawn level with Neville during the World Cup.
Neville briefly took over the England captaincy during this game after the substitution of David Beckham due to an injury shortly after half-time, despite the previous match's deputy captain John Terry also being on the field. After the defeat to Portugal, Neville announced that he would continue to be available for selection for his country under new coach Steve McClaren and added that, unlike some former international teammates, he would not ever make the decision to retire from the England set-up, stating, "That decision is not Gary Neville's to make.
However, he was clearly an outsider and Terry was given the job and Steven Gerrard made vice-captain. On 11 October, Neville was involved in a game-changing incident during a Euro qualifier against Croatia when his straightforward backpass took an unfortunate bounce and caused goalkeeper Paul Robinson to miss his kick, which resulted in the ball ending up in the net. Although Robinson was at the centre of the moment, Neville was officially credited with an own goalthe second of his England career; he has scored no goals for England.
On 7 FebruaryNeville won his 85th cap in England's 1—0 friendly defeat to Spain. His appearance took him to within one cap of equalling Sansom's record for an England full back, and eighth in the all-time appearances list for his country. However, an ankle injury suffered on 17 March while playing for Manchester United robbed him of the chance to equal Sansom's record, as he was forced to miss the Euro qualifiers against Israel and Andorra on 24 March and 28 respectively.
Sharpe mocked his dedication, but the games Neville went on to play, long after Sharpe's career was over, famously gave him the last laugh. It is an odd fact that not one England player of the past 20 years is currently coaching in the Premier League.
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It says something about our football then that hopes for a Pep Guardiola or a Johan Cruyff, leaders who might set the tone and philosophy of the national game for a generation, seem, for better or worse, currently lie with one or other of the Neville brothers. What might that philosophy consist of? In an interview, Phil Neville set out some of his thinking. He has apparently been collecting wisdom for the past five years, writing things down.
Do you set curfews? But then you think, 'How big is the pitch to make it work? It is the uncanny gift of being in the right place at the right time.
In a habit that used to get on even Gary's nerves when they were staying away from home and due to meet for breakfast at 9am, Phil would be rapping on his brother's door at 8.
If a coach was leaving at midday, Phil would generally be waiting for it at 11am.