‘Do ANY of the lads post themselves?’: Gary Neville says the England team lack ‘independent thinkers’ and players ‘don’t sound authentic’ after they posted out near-identical messages after the win over Albania
- Gary Neville was critical of England’s players for their social media messages
- The former Three Lions coach felt the similarities showed a lack of authenticity
- He described it as a ‘real shame’ players did not control their own accounts
- Many elite players use a social media team to post content on their behalf
Gary Neville bemoaned a lack of ‘individual thinkers’ and said England’s players ‘don’t sound authentic’ on social media after a number of the squad posted similar messages in wake of a win over Albania.
Goals from Harry Kane and Mason Mount made it two wins from two to start their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.
But despite maximum points and a strong start to the group, Neville was not satisfied with the similarity of the messages posted by players on social media, calling it a ‘real shame’.
England dispatched Albania in their second qualifying group game for the 2022 World Cup
Jesse Lingard toasted ‘job done’ on social media after another key win for the Three Lions
Mason Mount produced a near identical tweet as he reacted to the win against Albania
Gary Neville was left frustrated at the similar tweets, feeling it shows a lack of authenticity
‘Reading some of the England players tweets last night. Do any of the lads post themselves? They don’t sound authentic,’ he tweeted.
‘It’s a real shame they don’t manage their personal connection to the fans and media. #independentthinkers.’
Following pushback from some fans who felt he was being unfair on Gareth Southgate’s players, Neville insisted that players should front up if they elect to be on social media.
‘Twitter is a cesspit, why would they?’ one response read.
The ex-Three Lions coach blamed players for using social media companies to run accounts
Harry Maguire focused on ‘two wins from two’ ahead of a crucial game against Poland next
Man City’s Phil Foden also posted about ‘two from two’ as fans saw a pattern in squad tweets
Neville replied: ‘I get that . Either be on it yourself with your own thoughts or stay off it completely.’
Neville’s gripes appeared to stem from the similarity of messages posted by players in the aftermath of the win.
Jesse Lingard wrote: ‘Job done! We go again Wednesday!’
Mount, who got the key second goal, posted: ‘Job done, looking forward to Wednesday!’
In another set of tweets that drew closer comparison, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire wrote: ‘Two wins from two. Focus now on Wednesday.’
For his post-game tweet, Man City’s Phil Foden added: ‘Two from two!! Can’t wait for Wednesday.’
Social media teams controlling the accounts of top-level players is not uncommon.
Joe Hart apologised for his social media gaffe (right) after Tottenham’s Europa League exit
Recently, former England No 1 Joe Hart was left red-faced when ‘job done’ was posted on his Instagram page after Tottenham lost 3-0 to Dinamo Zagreb to bow out of the Europa League.
The post was quickly deleted and Hart apologised.
‘It’s just been brought to my attention, I’ve literally just woken up. Someone thought that we had won 3-0 last night. As sloppy as that sounds, it’s the truth,’ Hart said.
‘I posted “Job done”. That’s unacceptable and I’m sure it’s annoyed a lot of people and I’m sorry it’s come to that. It’s obviously not come from me, I’ve got nothing but love for the club and support for the club and I’m just as down as the boys are.
‘Apologies again, unfortunately stuff like this happens and just know that it didn’t come from any other place than a typo.’