Hamann, Gervais & more: Twitter reacts to Neville’s England debut

Dietmar Hamann and Ricky Gervais tweet their thoughts as Phil Neville's makes an uninspiring commentary debut on BBC

BBC pundit Phil Neville was heavily criticised Photo: BBC

Phil Neville was forced to contend with a backlash following his commentary of England’s 2-1 loss to Italy as Twitter was heavily critical of the former Manchester United star’s debut on BBC Sport.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann and world-renowned comedian Ricky Gervais were among the famous names who took to the social media site to comment on Neville’s docile tones during the World Cup clash.

Even the police got involved as Policing South Warks (@SWarksCops) posted: “At least we know Phil Neville won’t stir the crowds in the pubs into a frenzy. Drink sensibly. #WorldCup2014 #KnowYourLimit #EnglandvsItaly”

Chelsea fan and TV personality Tim Lóvejøy (@timlovejoy) wants the former Manchester United defender to have a strong Americano: “”omeone needs to get Phil Neville a strong coffee. #LivenUpPhil”

His Soccer AM successor Andy Goldstein (@andygoldstein05) was hoping Daniel Sturridge’s goal would bring Neville to life: “Dear Phil Neville, liven up. We’ve scored”]

Hamann (@DietmarHamann) is worried we may not see Neville in the second half if he has access to Twitter: “If Phil Neville reads his twitter feed he may not come out for the second half.”

Former Northern Ireland manager Jim Magilton (@magilton7) is dosing off listening to the ex-Everton midfielder: “Phil Neville gets you going down he? Glass eye to sleep! #paintdry”

Ex-Liverpool midfielder David Thompson (@77thomo) is enjoying the commentary on Neville’s commentary: “RT ‘@PaulBoardie: More bad news for the England physio,….Phil Neville has said he’s going to visit him in hospital’.”

Politician Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) hopes for Neville’s sake that he doesn’t check Twitter: “Good game. Two great goals. Enough Neville baiting. God I hope he is not checking his twitter feed.”

Comedian Gervais (@rickygervais) has the humour sucked out of him: “Not even Phil Neville can cheer me up now.”

Former Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison (@morrisonclinton) is happy to replace Neville as he is looking for media work: “Also one last thing I can do what Phil Neville was doing and I’m available I would entertain you lol”

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) breaks the bad news: “Oh and Phil Neville on the commentary…hahaha don’t think I can take that again!!”

Finally, the man-of-the-hour Phil Neville (@fizzer18) takes the criticism on the chin: “1st live co-comm last night-sometimes u have to take the criticism – it will only make me better- thanks for the feedback(ahhahaha)!”

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