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Man Utd legend Neville: No egos inside England squad

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says there's no big egos in the England squad.

Neville claims England manager Roy Hodgson pulled off a Euro 2012 masterstroke by stripping his squad of all the egos.

Neville said: "I think it has been said at every ­tournament we've ever been part of that there is a good spirit.

"But I genuinely believe there is a good spirit in this team.

"It is a squad without egos. When I say egos, I mean players when they play ­together on the pitch ­without ego.

"There is no star in the group, they are all as one and they all seem to be accepting of each other and know each other's strengths. We have got big characters in the dressing room, but they are all fighting for the cause and each other in the way in which they are playing. Even the ones who aren't playing.

"You can talk about spirit all you like off the pitch and up to a microphone, but the fact of the matter is the players are ­showing spirit on the pitch. Everyone ­recognises that spirit is shown by actions on the pitch, not what people say.

"The greatest demonstration of that spirit is the way in which they have played for each other and fought for each other, and worked for each other in the games.

"And they'll have to continue to do that, because it is going to be damn tough ­against Italy."

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