‘He put my head in!’: David James reveals that Gary Neville FOLLOWed him before England’s Euro 2004 shootout defeat to Portugal happened … and claims Paul Pogba did it to David de Gea before Man United’s penalties against Villarreal
- David de Gea was Manchester United’s villain in their final loss in the Europa League
- The Spaniard did not save in the penalty shootout before missing himself
- David James claims that Paul Pogba made De Gea ‘insecure’ in the team call
- The ex-goalkeeper claims that Gary Neville did something similar to him during Euro 2004
- Neville responded with a puzzled emoji to James’s comments on Monday
David James claims David de Gea had ‘no confidence’ in Manchester United’s Europa League final penalty shootout loss against Villarreal, as Paul Pogba made him nervous in the team call.
The former England goalkeeper then remembered Gary Neville, making him feel the same way before the Three Lions lost to Portugal on penalties in the Euro 2004 quarter-final.
De Gea failed to make a single save in the shootout, despite every Villarreal taking a penalty, including opposing goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, before losing his decisive 12-meter attempt to lose the final for United, missed.
David James says Paul Pogba negatively impacted David de Gea in Manchester United’s loss to Villarreal in the Europa League final.
De Gea failed to save a single penalty before missing his own when United lost
James claims Pogba tried to motivate De Gea for the shootout but ended up making him nervous, something former United defender Neville did before their penalty shootout together 17 years ago.
The ex-goalkeeper told talkSPORT: “As soon as it came to penalties, I watched David de Gea in the clips from the huddle as the team got together – and I said to myself ‘he has no confidence’. He didn’t look confident.
“In Euro 2004 I was preparing and Gary Neville just followed me and said,” You can do it! You can do it! You can make it. You’re the best! Blah, blah …
James claims that Paul Pogba (center) made De Gea (second right) more nervous in a team call
James claimed Gary Neville similarly made him nervous for a Euro 2004 shooutout
I tried to be calm. I looked at Darius Vassell and went, “He (Neville) puts my head in.
‘Pogba did it to David de Gea and I thought,’ Please don’t do what Gary Neville did. ”
Neville responded to James’ comments on Monday by posting a puzzled-face emoji to Twitter in response to the story.
James also failed to save a penalty in the Euro 2004 final-eight shootout, but did manage to force Portuguese forward Rui Costa to shoot his attempt over the crossbar.
England left the tournament when David Beckham and Darius Vassell both failed to convert their efforts, giving Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo the winning spot kick to send his side through.
James (far right) said Neville (second from left) ‘put my head in’ when he tried to motivate him
England crashed out of the Euro 2004 quarter-finals when Portugal won their penalty shootout
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted after losing the Europa League that he was considering replacing De Gea with another shot stopper Dean Henderson in extra time due to the Spaniard’s poor penalty record.
The Norwegian boss said, ‘You go through every scenario, of course, and that too [De Gea’s penalty record] had occurred to me leading up to the game, but we had faith in David and were prepared.
‘Anything can happen during a penalty shootout. I stayed with the goalkeeper who played the whole game.
“I have to say the penalty shootout was high quality, but we didn’t do enough in the 120 minutes to score more goals and that’s the disappointing part.”