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Phil Neville hopes England avoid ‘scapegoat’ player at 2018 World Cup

Former England international Phil Neville has admitted he hopes England do not return from the World Cup with a player as a ‘scapegoat’.

The current Lionesses’ manager, speaking on Robbie Savage’s World Cup Breakfast, Neville discussed the aftermath of Euro 2000.

His poor tackle against Romania saw a penalty conceded, sending the Three Lions out of the tournament in Belgium and the Netherlands and Neville was vilified on his return home.

Phil Neville hopes England avoid a player becoming a 'scapegoat' after the World Cup

Phil Neville hopes England avoid a player becoming a 'scapegoat' after the World Cup

Phil Neville hopes England avoid a player becoming a ‘scapegoat’ after the World Cup

Having given away a penalty at Euro 2000, Neville faced abuse when he returned home

Having given away a penalty at Euro 2000, Neville faced abuse when he returned home

Having given away a penalty at Euro 2000, Neville faced abuse when he returned home

‘I hope there won’t be an England scapegoat,’ Neville told BBC 5Live. 

‘I got home and the next six months were probably the most difficult of my career. There was an England flag on my gates on fire.

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

The is plenty of optimism in the England camp right now with boss Gareth Southgate instilling plenty of self-belief in his young stars.

England start their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on Monday, June 18 before switching attentions to Panama and Belgium. 

Neville, playing here for England at Soccer Aid, hopes the current squad avoid a similar fate

Neville, playing here for England at Soccer Aid, hopes the current squad avoid a similar fate

Neville, playing here for England at Soccer Aid, hopes the current squad avoid a similar fate

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