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Published: 11:50 | 3/7/16

Neville rubbishes Hodgson rift reports


Gary Neville has blasted newspaper claims that tensions developed in his relationship with Roy Hodgson during England's Euro 2016 campaign.

The Observer ran a story which stated that England's dreadful efforts in France were 'undermined' by 'friction' between Neville and Hodgson.

The newspaper's chief football writer Daniel Taylor claimed that while England's players had no issues with Hodgson during the tournament, there were problems among the coaching staff, particularly between Neville and Hodgson.

‘There was a clear divide about the team’s methods’ between certain members of staff, and that Hodgson’s tactics had been ‘openly questioned', Taylor's report stated.

‘While the players were generally supportive of Hodgson and angered by reports that they questioned Raheem Sterling’s selection in the Iceland game, the fact they took it upon themselves to remove Harry Kane from corner-taking duties indicates they were not always happy with the manager’s tactics.

‘Hodgson’s training methods – questioned by Steven Gerrard after the last World Cup – were one source of the disagreements. Neville had a close ally in Dave Watson, the goalkeeping coach. Players have complained of mixed messages and the general sense of confusion is not eased by the revelation that one turned to the dugout during the Iceland defeat and asked where a team-mate was supposed to be playing.'

However, Neville has react angrily on Twitter to the story, tweeting: @guardian_sport @DTguardian this is absolute bullshit! Apology? Removal of article? Let me know!

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