Sky Sports’ Gary Neville praises Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere for abusive Spurs rant
Sky Sports pundit and England assistant coach Gary Neville has praised Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere for his foul mouthed FA Cup rant about Tottenham at the end of last season.
The England midfielder was fined £40,000 after grabbing the microphone on the club’s open bus tour and dishing out an expletive laden chant about Arsenal’s bitter rivals.
The 23-year-old offered an apology, which was directed at Gunners fans rather than Spurs, but was left furious at his punishment, despite having committed the same offence a year earlier when he received a warning by the governing body.
The FA issued a severe warning to Wilshere and he is almost certain to receive a playing ban if he commits a similar offence again.
But despite coming under widespread criticism for his actions, including from those of an Arsenal persuasion such as Niall Quinn, Neville said he was delighted to see such behaviour as it shows the passion of the player.
“When Jack Wilshere swore on a bus ride, I actually thought it was one of the best things I’ve seen from a football player in the past five or 10 years,” Neville told Sport magazine.
“If I was a manager of players that all had that passion… Alright, they’d obviously been out the night before. But the reality of it is we cry out for players to have passion, and yet we are quite critical of them when they display passion.”
Whether England boss Roy Hodgson feels the same as his assistant is doubtful.