England’s most capped right-back and Manchester United club captain for five years. He spent his entire playing career at Old Trafford, making him a rare one-club man.
Gary Neville emerged as part of Alex Ferguson’s youth-oriented side of the 1990s and made his senior début for the club in September 1992 against Torpedo Moscow in the UEFA Cup.
At United he soon became famed for his no-nonsense defending, during which time he formed a formidable partnership with David Beckham on the right wing. He made his international début in 1995 and was first-choice right-back for club and country for more than ten years to follow.
Following Roy Keane‘s departure in November 2005, Neville was appointed the new Manchester United captain.
His final professional appearance was against West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Day 2011, making him United’s second longest serving player in the squad, behind his long-time team-mate Ryan Giggs.
During his playing career Neville won eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a Champions League, an Intercontinental Cup, a FIFA Club World Cup, and two League Cup. He also played in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 championships. A broken foot kept him out of the 2002 World Cup, but he quickly returned to the side after regaining his fitness, and was once again the first choice right back by the time of Euro 2004. Neville was also selected for England’s 2006 World Cup squad at the age of 31.
He played in England’s opening Group B game against Paraguay but pulled his calf in training the night before the team’s second game and was forced to miss the next three games until playing the full match in England’s losing quarter-final against Portugal on 1 July. It was his 81st England cap, bringing him up to ninth in the all-time rankings, ahead of Gary Lineker and team-mate Michael Owen, who had briefly drawn level with Neville during the World Cup.
In 2002, Neville came on as a substitute against Italy at Leeds, earning his 51st cap and breaking the record for a right back held previously by Phil Neal.
Gary Neville joined Sky Sports at the start of the 2011-12 season, taking over as match analyst on Monday Night Football from Andy Gray.