Belfast Telegraph

Phil Neville joins Match Of The Day

By Robert Dex

The BBC has signed up Phil Neville for this season's Match Of The Day despite his much-criticised performance in the commentary box at the World Cup.

The former Everton and Manchester United star is joining show veterans Alan Shearer, Robbie Savage and Danny Murphy alongside other newcomers Ruud Gullit and Rio Ferdinand.

Neville admitted working as a commentator was "harder" than he thought after hundreds of viewers complained about his on-air performance during the World Cup game between England and Italy.

Viewers criticised his lack of emotion and "monotone" style. Twitter users joked that England physio Gary Lewin who was stretchered off after injuring his ankle had actually "fallen into a coma" listening to Neville.

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