Gary Neville on England
Gary Neville has released his latest podcast for Sky Sports on Monday, following England’s participation in the Nations League finals.
England signed off with a penalty shootout win over Switzerland in the third-placed playoff.
That’s England’s second penalty victory in twelve months.
However, England’s defeat in the semi-final against Holland was a downer in Portugal.
Declan Rice is way off, Harry Winks ‘a must’
For Neville, England’s defeat against the Dutch came as a result of the performance in midfield.
Declan Rice, Ross Barkley and Fabian Delph started that match for Gareth Southgate.
Neville was critical of that trio, while he picked out West Ham’s Rice for specific analysis:
That is not an international midfield, whichever way we look at it…
Declan Rice is a young player, who has shown a lot of promise at West Ham, but this is a different level all together for that young man, in terms of subtlety, accepting the ball, the nuances.
He’s got a lot to learn in terms of becoming a top international midfield player. He’s got three or four years to develop into that.
Later in the podcast, Neville called for Tottenham’s Harry Winks to start for England.
Winks was omitted from the England squad for the Nations League finals.
The midfielder has only recently returned to action from injury. However, for Neville, Winks has to start for the national team:
Harry Winks is a must moving forward; he was outstanding in the Champions League final, and looked a different level.
It’s quite simple for Gareth, he needs to progress the Winks and Fodens of this world.
Currently we don’t have enough players who can have that look over their shoulder, see where they are and beat a man.
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West Ham & Liverpool forgotten men
Gary Neville was an England coach for four years alongside Roy Hodgson.
Neville remembered how West Ham’s Jack Wilshere was their #1 choice to start as England’s holding midfielder during that time.
Along with recalling Wilshere’s impact for England, Neville also shouted out Liverpool’s Adam Lallana:
I was with England for four years. We ended with Jack Wilshere as our holding midfield player in many of our games.
If you’d have said, was Roy Hodgson or was I ever of the opinion that Jack Wilshere would be the holding midfield player for England – never in a million years.
(But) he got us playing. He helped us break the lines… Things started to happen.
We always thought with England, that Wilshere and Lallana were the two players who had the capabilities to receive the ball on the half-turn and in pockets of space, just drift past someone… they got us playing.