Gary Neville has heaped praise of Gareth Southgate after England’s incredible and unexpected run to the World Cup semi finals.
The Three Lions went into this summer’s World Cup with no expectation on their shoulders whatsoever, with the penalty shootout Villain of Euro 96 picking a young and inexperienced squad to take to Russia.
However, they have exceeded all expectations comfortably dispatching Sweden in Saturday afternoons quarter final to reach their first World Cup semi since 1990 when the likes of Peter Shilton, Terry Butcher, Chris Waddle and Gary Lineker were all in their prime.
Where the Golden generation of English football tried and failed, Southgate’s young lions have succeeded, and have done so in decent fashion too. Now as the nation rings out to the sound of ‘Footballs coming home,’ Manchester United legend Gary Neville has praised the work, as well as the style of football, that Gareth Southgate produced:
“Absolutely incredible. An amazing job,” said Neville to ITV.
“I have to say over the last 25 years of England, when we’re winning we usually drop deep and protect, and when we’re losing we get desperate.
“This team, with every performance I’ve seen in this tournament, it has been controlled and composed. Against Colombia, it was a perfect performance until 90 minutes. Yes, they conceded a goal and lost it a bit for 10 minutes, but got it back and were in control.
“It’s the most mature, calm England display that I’ve seen in a long, long time. I’ve not seen this level of composure from our team.
“Playing out from the back, making sure they do the right things, not retreating, and for me you’ve got to give credit to Gareth, John Stones at the centre of that back three, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and the goalkeeper, because they’re the spine of that team. They really are doing a great job.”