Gary Neville has been backed for an
international recall by England’s World Cup winning right back.
George Cohen, who played every game
in 1966, feels the Manchester United veteran is a better defender than current
first choice Glen Johnson.
Cohen said: “Neville’s got so
much experience and been a good servant for England so I don’t see any reason
why Fabio Capello won’t take him.
“Johnson is good going forward
and his distribution has improved but he still needs to learn how to play full
“Neville’s back in the United
team and he’s still got the enthusiasm.
“It will be tremendous fillip
for him at this stage of his career to play in South Africa.”
Cohen, 70, claims Neville’s
inclusion would not be a gamble for Capello, despite the Manchester United
skipper, 35, winning the last of his 85 caps against Spain in 2007.
He said: “If you are playing regularly
against the best in the Premier League, what’s the risk?
“He knows how to play, he’s
been at Manchester United for a number of years, has played in World Cups
before and he won’t be overawed.”
The Fulham legend, speaking at the
launch of new book Fans’ Guide To The World Cup 2010, also insists Cottagers
striker Bobby Zamora should be given the chance to win a place on the plane.
Cohen said: “I would like to
see him in a couple of friendlies so Bobby can show what he can do.
“He needs to put himself in
Capello’s mind that he can win something for us.”