Commentating on ITV after England won in the semi-final game against Denmark last night, the pundit celebrated the win and praised England’s manager Gareth Southgate in particular - comparing him to other leaders.
He said: “The standard of the leaders in the past couple of years in this country has been poor but look at that man there... he’s everything a leader should be: respectful, humble, tells the truth, genuine. He’s fantastic, Gareth Southgate”.
Whatever could he have meant?
Well, reacting to his comments, people assumed Neville was making a subtle dig about Prime Minister Boris Johnson and they thought it was brilliant:
Thank you @gnev2 and I hope someone plays that clip to the bandwagon buffoon up in the royal box … ‘The standard of… https://t.co/25ut9Raeqq
Gary Neville delivers 100% absolutely smashes it out of the park.. a quote that will live forever https://t.co/pYksKoWde3
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@ARTIST TAXI DRIVER)
Others bemoaned that he was making a unifying moment ‘political’:
It’s not the first time Neville has combined football and politics. Recently, he contributed to the huge backlash Home Secretary Priti Patel received when she praised England for winning their quarter-final game against Ukraine, despite previously ripping into the team for taking the knee to show their support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement: