‘I can’t control myself’: Emotions run high for Ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville in Euro 2012

By Dean Wilkins

Ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville is struggling to control his emotions as England’s new coach at Euro 2012.

Roy Hodgson chose the former right-back to join his England squad after an impressive career for club and country.

Neville, who is also a Sky Sports TV pundit, also declared his passion for working with Hodgson but said it is an emotional rollercoaster with England.

“I was quite passionate on the pitch, but on the bench, I can’t control myself,” Neville told FATV.

“It’s good to have someone calming next to me, because I’m bobbing up and down like a cork really.”

Neville was capped 85 times for England and said he is impressed by Hodgson’s effective influence on calming the squad ahead of big games.

He added: “[Hodgson] is calm, doesn’t get carried away by things, brings a great deal of humility, trusts in his players and has faith in them and I think they are recognising that he is someone they like and want to play for.

“I think that’s important and one thing about the group in this last three, four weeks, the work rate, the endeavour, the effort has been absolutely incredible.

“Even for me having played with quite a few of them, to see it from the other side is inspiring really.”

England play Italy in Sunday’s quarter-finals and Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott could face his title-winning teammate Mario Balotelli.

And Neville claimed the striker would be desperate to get one over on England.

“Joleon will know him better than we do, that’s the great thing,” he said.

“There will be no surprise for Joleon on Sunday and the same for John Terry who’ll have played against him as well, so that’s a good thing.

“But obviously knowing and playing against him means that there will be that added extra spice that Balotelli himself will want to put one over on England.

“He plays in the country, he’s a big figure in England with respect to the media he gets and he’s a champion of England now with Manchester City and he will be very difficult to play against.”

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