‘Do ANY guys post themselves?’: Gary Neville says England team has no ‘independent thinkers’ and players ‘don’t sound authentic’ after posting nearly identical messages after winning over Albania
- Gary Neville was critical of the England players for their social media posts
- The former Three Lions coach felt the agreements lacked authenticity
- He described it as ‘a real shame’ that players had no control over their own accounts
- Many elite players use a social media team to post content on their behalf
Gary Neville complained of a lack of ‘individual thinkers’, saying the England players ‘do not sound authentic’ on social media after some of the squad posted similar messages in the wake of a victory over Albania.
Goals from Harry Kane and Mason Mount provided two wins of two to kick off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.
But despite maximum points and a strong start from the group, Neville was not satisfied with the similarity of the messages that players posted on social media, calling it ‘a real shame’.
England sent Albania to their second qualifying group for the 2022 World Cup
Jesse Lingard toasted ‘job done’ on social media after another major win for the Three Lions
Mason Mount produced a nearly identical tweet when he responded to the victory against Albania
Gary Neville was frustrated with the similar tweets and felt it lacked authenticity
‘I read some tweets from the English players last night. Are any of the guys posting themselves? They don’t sound authentic, ‘he tweeted.
It’s a real shame that they don’t manage their personal bond with the fans and media. #independentethinkers. ‘
After backlash from some fans who felt he was being unfair to Gareth Southgate’s players, Neville insisted that players should come forward if they choose to be on social media.
“Twitter is a cesspool, why should they?” read one answer.
The ex-Three Lions coach blamed players for using social media companies to manage accounts
Harry Maguire focused on ‘two wins out of two’ ahead of a crucial game against Poland
Man City’s Phil Foden also posted about ‘two of two’ when fans saw a pattern in team tweets
Neville replied, ‘I understand that. Either be busy with your own thoughts or stay away from them completely. ‘
Neville’s complaints seemed to stem from the similarity of messages posted by players in the wake of the win.
Jesse Lingard wrote: ‘Job done! We are going again on Wednesday! ‘
Mount, who got the main second goal, wrote: “Job done, looking forward to Wednesday!”
In another series of tweets that made for a better comparison, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire wrote: ‘Two wins from two. Now focus on Wednesday. ‘
For his post-game tweet, Man City’s Phil Foden added: ‘Two of two !! I can’t wait for Wednesday. ‘
Social media teams checking the accounts of top players is not uncommon.
Joe Hart apologized for his social media blunder (right) following Tottenham’s exit from the Europa League
Recently, former England No. 1 Joe Hart got a red face when ‘job done’ was posted on his Instagram page after Tottenham lost 3-0 to Dinamo Zagreb to bow out of the Europa League.
The message was quickly removed and Hart apologized.
‘It has just been brought to my attention, I literally just woke up. Someone thought we won 3-0 last night. Sloppy as that sounds, it’s the truth, ”said Hart.
“I posted” Work done “. That’s unacceptable and I’m sure it annoys a lot of people and I’m sorry it got to this point. Obviously it’s not from me, I have nothing but love for the club and support for the club and I’m just as down as the boys.
“Again I apologize, unfortunately things like this happen and just know it’s not from any place other than a typo.”