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'If a Wild Bean Cafe Pasty could talk': England fans hit Twitter to criticise Phil Neville's commentary debut

Published 15/06/2014 | 11:03

New BBC football commentator Phil Neville faced a Twitter backlash yesterday after his television commentating debut was labelled "robotic," "monotone" and "dull" by social media users.

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England fans took to Twitter in their thousands to criticise the former Manchester United man’s microphone capabilities during England’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy last night.

Among those to lambast Neville’s commentary style included the controversial funny man Frankie Boyle who wrote: “Phil Neville could make Zippity Doo Dah sound like a cancer diagnosis.”

Chris Addison joined his fellow comedian in the poking fun at Neville, writing: “Phil Neville. If a Wild Bean Cafe pasty could talk.”

One user likened Phil Neville’s punditry performance to “being tranquilised”, while another one wrote Neville had the “personality of a potato.”

So bad did the negative outpouring against Neville become that former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann, had to warn the BBC’s new man not to check his Twitter during half-time.

‘If Phil Neville reads his twitter feed he may not come out for the second half,’

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