Phil Neville hoping there will be no England scapegoat this summer

Scapegoat

Former Everton captain Phil Neville has revealed how he felt when he was a scapegoat after Euro 2000 and hopes no one gets the same treatment this summer.

The former Manchester United man, unfortunately, knows what it is like to be the England scapegoat after a tournament.

That is because his tackle against Romania in Euro 2000 saw England sent home early and there was no warm welcome for Neville.

The England women’s coach has revealed that the next six months were possibly the most difficult of his career.

Not only that, he explained that there was even an England flag on fire at his home when he returned.

‘I got home and the next six months were probably the most difficult of my career,’ Neville told BBC 5Live, as quoted by the Daily Mail. 

‘There was an England flag on my gates on fire.

‘I hope there won’t be an England scapegoat.

‘There’s a scapegoat in every tournament from an England player and you have to hope there won’t be one this tournament.’

While there is no one player that you would think is the most likely to be a scapegoat this summer, that could quickly change.

It only takes one moment and Phil Neville knows all about that.

David Beckham and Wayne Rooney are also two players who have been made a scapegoat over a mistake and should England not win the World Cup, it’s likely there will be one.

Gary Lineker discusses Harry Kane’s World Cup golden boot chances

One player who could be that scapegoat is Harry Kane if he does not have as good of a tournament as everyone is hoping.

The forward is expected to be England’s talisman and is even being backed for the Golden Boot.

Now, the last Englishman to win a World Cup golden boot has spoken out about his chances.

Click here to see what he had to say.