Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson labels Gary Neville a ‘professional YAW’… and claims he received a warning from David Beckham about the former right-back’s alleged negativity during Three Lions training
- Sven Goran Eriksson was England national coach from 2001 to 2006
- The Swede regularly chose Gary Neville and David Beckham at his side
- But he says Beckham had to warn him about Neville during a training session in England
- Beckham and Neville often combined well as England and Man Utd teammates
- Despite labeling Neville a nag, Eriksson praised his professionalism
Sven Goran Eriksson has called Gary Neville a ‘professional whiner’ and that he should be warned by David Beckham what to expect from the former fullback shortly after he became England manager.
Eriksson was appointed England boss in 2001 at a time when Neville and Beckham were international teammates, as well as Manchester United stars who had made it through the legendary ‘class of 92’.
But while Neville was one of the standout fullbacks of his generation, winning 85 caps between 1995 and 2007, his perceived negativity is remembered with slight fondness by his former international boss.
Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has labeled Gary Neville a ‘professional nag’
Despite Eriksson’s light-hearted jab, Neville was often a key player on the Swede’s side in England
“Gary Neville is a professional moan in everything,” Eriksson told the Italian football podcast.
Beckham told me during one of the first English training sessions: “Boss, don’t listen to him. He was born that way and he will die that way. But he’s a good man and he doesn’t really mean what he does.” say.”‘
Since he retired from playing in 2011, Neville has since become one of the leading sports experts, with Eriksson praising the 46-year-old’s approach.
“Neville is very professional at what he does,” Eriksson added. “But he always has to give his opinion, especially when it’s something negative, but he was always very, very respectful to his teammates and everyone knew what he was like and nobody listened to him.”
Neville won 85 caps for England during his international career stretching from 1995 to 2007
David Beckham and Neville combined well for both England and Manchester United
Eriksson regularly stayed with Neville as his first-choice right-back, choosing him for Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.
The former United star would also have been Eriksson’s first-choice at the 2002 World Cup, with only an injury that would knock him out of the tournament in Japan and South Korea.
Neville has become a household name in the field and his friendly rivalry with Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher is often played out on screen and on social media.
Carragher hilariously mocked Neville after he posted a photo of himself laughing at Liverpool before they made a second-half comeback to beat AC Milan on Wednesday.
However, Eriksson admits he had to be warned about Neville’s negative attitude by Beckham
Neville made the same mistake on Tuesday night, posting a sarcastic video of himself laughing, accompanied by a goat emoji after Cristiano Ronaldo scored Manchester United’s opening game against the Young Boys.
The post appeared to be a dig at his Monday Night Football partner Carragher, who had argued with Neville that Lionel Messi was the best in the world rather than Ronaldo.
However, Neville was left with an egg on his face as the Young Boys fought back to claim a shocking win over United – and Carragher couldn’t help but mock him by posting a photo of the former defender with his hands in front of his face and this as his new Twitter profile.
Gary Neville posted a photo of him smiling (left) as AC Milan beat Liverpool 2-1, but he was mocked by Jamie Carragher in another post (right) as they fought back to win 3-2
The two pundits had a fiery debate on Monday over who is the best between Ronaldo and Messi
Neville clearly didn’t learn his lesson and fell victim to the same fall again on Wednesday night after AC Milan went into halftime at Anfield leading 2-1.
The ex-United man posted two selfies of him looking shocked and smiling on social media, but turned red again when goals from Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson sealed a 3-2 comeback win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Unsurprisingly, Carragher was quick to mock at Neville’s expense, putting a hilarious filter over his face and writing, “@GNev2 when that goal came in,” accompanied by laughing emojis.