Date: 9th October 2011 at 3:22pm
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Gary Neville

"Red Nev" shows off his shield

Gary ’s been doing his usual fence sitting in the wake of England’s qualification for Euro 2012.

The Telegraph notes:

Neville, the former Manchester United and England right-back who won 85 England caps and retired earlier this year, also said Wayne ’s sending off in Friday’s 2-2 draw with Montenegro should not deflect attention away from what he sees as the team’s real problems.

England, who sealed their place with Friday’s draw, will start the tournament without Rooney, who will be suspended for at least one match.

“It’s as though we think one world class player might be able to propel us to a major trophy,” Neville, writing in the Mail on Sunday, said.

“And now we are talking about Rooney possibly missing two games at Euro 2012 when what we should be talking about is the spine of a team that has no mobility and can’t keep the ball.

“When I look at it coldly, a team that has John Terry, Gary Cahill, Scott Parker, Gareth Barry, Darren Bent and Rooney in its central positions is nowhere near good enough to take on the major nations such as Spain.
While it’s arguably not the morale boosting appraisal you’d want from a former England player, you have to admit Neville does make a very valide point.

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