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James Lawton: Neville has not always made right move

Against a tide of critical comment, Gary Neville must be heartened that someone has bothered to stress one of his more admirable qualities — his unfailing willingness to defy the concerns of his club Manchester United and report for England duty.

Unfortunately, Sven Goran Eriksson can recall a night before a vital European qualifier in Istanbul a few years ago.

Neville was at the centre of a threat to strike in protest at the suspension of his club-mate Rio Ferdinand following his failure to attend a drugs test. Neville’s rather inflated sense of his own importance has inevitably been questioned.

Belfast Telegraph