Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gary neville factfile

1975: Born February 18 in Bury.

1992: Helps Manchester United win FA Youth Cup on a team that also includes David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Keith Gillespie, Robbie Savage and Paul Scholes. Makes first-team debut for United in the UEFA Cup against Torpedo Moscow.

1995: Plays in United team beaten 1-0 by Everton in FA Cup final. Makes England debut against Japan at age of 20 .

1996: Member of United's double-winning squad. Establishes himself as regular in England team at Euro '96 but misses semi-final defeat to Germany at Wembley.

1998: Regular in Glenn Hoddle's side for France '98, including in penalty shootout defeat to Argentina.

1999: Member of United's treble-winning campaign, making 54 appearances.

2000: Wins his fourth championship medal and makes his 250th first-team appearance.

2001: Wins fifth Premiership title and signs new six-year deal with United worth £11m.

2002: Makes 50th England appearance in a 1-1 draw against Holland. Breaks metatarsal bone in foot during first half of Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayer Leverkusen. The injury rules him out of the World Cup.

2003: Collects his sixth Premiership winner's medal.

2004: Wins the FA Cup for the third time as United beat Millwall 3-0. Ever-present member of the England Euros squad beaten in the quarter-finals by hosts Portugal.

2005: Named new Red Devils skipper following the departure of Roy Keane.

2006: Lifts first trophy as skipper after a 4-0 Carling Cup triumph over Wigan.

2007: Makes 24 appearances as United win Premier League title.

2008: Not named in the squad for the Champions League final, which United win with a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in Moscow.

2009: Handed a surprise recall to the England squad for World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra but doesn't add to his 85 caps.

2011: Announces his retirement from football having made 602 appearances for United.

Irish Independent

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