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Gary Neville dismisses Chris Gunter's 'joke of a tournament' comments

Gary Neville has said that Wales should not look for excuses after their last-16 defeat to Denmar...

Ciaran Bradley
Ciaran Bradley

16:32 28 Jun 2021



Gary Neville dismisses Chris G...
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Gary Neville dismisses Chris Gunter's 'joke of a tournament' comments

Ciaran Bradley
Ciaran Bradley

16:32 28 Jun 2021

Gary Neville has said that Wales should not look for excuses after their last-16 defeat to Denmark, after Chris Gunter had derided the 'joke' setup of the tournament.

Gunter had gone on record to say that the tournament's setup had affected Wales' ability to prepare for games in an Instagram post on Sunday.

"Written off before a bag of air was kicked, 3,000 miles from home," Gunter said.

"Every nation had fans wherever they went, apart from the 350 who broke government rules and bank accounts to be there, you and us deserved more from this joke set up of a tournament, but who said life was fair?"

Gunter's comments were not particularly well-greeted by former Manchester United defender Neville, who drew on his own experience with England on ITV Sport.

Neville on Gunter

"[The travel] is a little bit of an issue. I don't think the first journey should count - to Azerbaijan - because you can go there a week before if you want to.

"That first one is fine because you're settled and are based their for two games. They've obviously done more since then.

"I just thought they were well beaten. Denmark absolutely battered them in every single way.

"You can point to excuses - I have done it myself with England in the past - but they were just so much better, the Danish team.

"It wasn't just the travel factor that meant Wales were beaten yesterday. They were well beaten."

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