England are crippled by fear, claims Gary Neville

12 July 2011 11:56
Former England defender Gary Neville claims fear is crippling the national team's chances. [LNB]The 36-year-old, capped 85 times between 1995 and 2007, backed up the view of long-time Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes, who said players turned up for England duty full of fear.[LNB] United they stand: Neville and Scholes believe England are crippled by fear [LNB] Neville told Sky Sports News: 'I would agree with him and, if you spoke to any player who has been around England for the last 15 years, I don't think you'd find one who disagreed with him. [LNB]'I think every single player who has played for England, even during my time, I would say they feel passionately about their country and want to play for England. [LNB]'But I think there is a mixture of people who are that nervous and have the fear about them when they go to play for England that they can't perform.'[LNB] Sign on: Neville retired midway through last season [LNB]Neville also believes some players are too concerned about media coverage and that team morale does not match the likes of world and European champions Spain. [LNB]He added: 'I think you have the factor that you are bringing players together who don't know each other and you are changing the team every month, and that is difficult. [LNB]'And then you have this protection-type mentality of people who do worry about what the next headline is going to say and whether it is going to affect their status. [LNB] Sealed with a kiss: Neville and Scholes spent their career together[LNB]'You look at the likes of the French, the Argentinians, the Brazilians, the Spanish now, and we have seen it for 10-15 years - they are all hugging each other in the tunnels. [LNB]'They love each other, like there is a team and a camaraderie. We've never really been able to capture that with England.' [LNB]  Which of Paul Scholes's former England team-mates is he calling selfish?Scholes: I wanted to be part of a winning England team, not one full of greedy players

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