Sven says Gary Neville is "professional moaner" and "doesn’t mean what he says"

Former England boss Sven Goran-Eriksson has called Gary Neville a "professional moaner" who "doesn't really mean what he says."

Manchester United legend Neville won 85 caps for his country and was a prominent member of the Three Lions squad under Sven from 2001 to 2006.

Since hanging up his boots in 2011, the former right-back has gone on to become a leading pundit on Sky Sports alongside former England team-mate Jamie Carragher.

The 46-year-old certainly isn't shy about saying what he thinks in the studio, something that is of little surprise to Sven, who always had Neville pegged as a bit of a talker.

Eriksson told the Italian Football Podcast : "Gary Neville is a professional moaner on everything.

"David Beckham told me during one of the first England training sessions, he said: ‘Boss, don’t listen to him. He was born like that and he will die like that. But he is a good man and he doesn’t really mean what he says.’

"Gary Neville is very, very professional with what he does. But he feels like he has to say his opinion always – and especially if it is something negative!

"But he was very much respected by all of his team-mates and everyone knew how he was and nobody listened to him."

Eriksson is remembered fondly for taking England to two World Cup quarter-finals and reaching the last-eight of Euro 2004, but he watched on as the Three Lions went all the way to the final of the Euros in the summer.

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Reflecting on England's run to the final, he said: "I thought during the tournament that everything was set up for England to win the Euros.

"They played six of the seven games at Wembley. They were lucky with some of the decisions from the referees. So I thought they would win it. But they didn’t and that was fair. Italy and Mancini deserved it.

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