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20th Jun 2018

Phil Neville trolled for comment about Uruguay’s World Cup hopes

Oh, Phil!

Darragh Murphy

Let’s hope it was just a slip of the tongue.

Surely Phil Neville is aware of the fact that Uruguay have won the World Cup on two occasions, right?

In 1930 and 1950, Uruguay were world champions but that seemed to slip Neville’s mind during his commentary on Wednesday afternoon.

A Luis Suarez goal against Saudi Arabia was enough to give Uruguay their second victory in Group A of the World Cup, meaning that they have guaranteed a place in the knockout stages of the competition, along with hosts Russia.

Neville was on commentary duty for the BBC but one comment from the former Manchester United and Everton full-back left viewers scratching their heads.

“The fans were telling us before the game they’re not bothered how they play, what kind of style or system they play, all they’re bothered about is winning and progressing through further than what they’ve ever done before,” Neville said.

How a team could possibly progress further than being champions is beyond us and supporters didn’t hesitate to remind Neville of his slip-up, with some suggesting that he perhaps half-arsed his homework ahead of the game.

It’s safe to say that he’ll be Googling the list of previous World Cup winners before his next trip to the gantry.