Phil Neville causes Twitter storm after saying he'd two foot Arsenal star, apologises

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Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville said he would have his own way of dealing with Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky.

Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville was trending on Twitter on Sunday night after comments he made on BBC Match of the Day 2.

The pundit was reviewing Arsenal's 3-2 win against Brighton and Hove Albion, looking specifically at a no-look pass by the Czech Republic international.

It was a superb exhibition of his skill, but Neville said, and later suggested he joked, that he would look to cut the midfielder down to size.

He said, in comments reported by the Mail: "If that was a training session and somebody did that I'd be first over there and I'd probably look to two-foot him or take him out of the game.

"If somebody did that in training to me, winding me up, I would be straight in there. I'd smash them."

Neville immediately took flak for his comments on social networks, with users taking jabs at his punditry, and playing ability.

Others used his comments to highlight what is wrong with the English football mentality.

Neville realised after the show that his comments went down like a lead balloon, and took to Twitter himself to defend them.

The retired defender may feel he can't win, with his attempt to add colour to his analysis clearly not well received. He had taken criticism during the World Cup for his bland co-commentary, and has been making real effort to improve since.

One Twitter user perhaps hit the nail on the head after Neville's apology...

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