Gary Neville has reacted sarcastically to Jacob Rees-Mogg’s tribute to England on Thursday after Gareth Southgate’s side made it through to the Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions beat Denmark 2-1 to set up the chance to win their first major tournament since 1966 when they take on Italy on Sunday.
Football fever has spread across the nation, with celebrities and politicians alike getting involved in the joyous scenes.
And in the House of Commons Tory minister Rees-Mogg also couldn’t resist the opportunity to make reference to the national team’s success.
The 52-year-old spoke the words of John Barnes’ famous rap from the 1990 hit ‘World in Motion’, before also going on to quote poet John Dryden to offer his support.
Neville, who is a known critic of the Conservative government, took to Twitter on Friday to share the clip, and added the withering caption: “This will get the boys up for Sunday”, along with a thumbs-up emoji.
It comes after Neville also took aim at Prime Minister Boris Johnson while on punditry duty for ITV during England’s win over Denmark.
“The standard of leaders in this country the past couple of years has been poor, looking at that man (Southgate), he’s everything a leader should be, respectful, humble, he tells the truth,” Neville said.
“We’ve never done this before in our lifetimes. These lads have to focus but we don’t have to. This country is bouncing, national holiday, enjoy yourselves!”
Rees-Mogg recently courted controversy when he defended those who booed England players taking the knee ahead of games.
Speaking last month, he said: “I think it’s become problematic. The symbol of taking the knee has become associated with the BLM [Black Lives Matter] movement and that is where the controversy becomes very apparent and very stark.
“The BLM movement is a Marxist movement that wants to do things like defund the police, and is not sympathetic to our current civil structures.
“I think the difficulty is over the symbolism that has become attached to taking the knee, which is in fact an American issue which relates to people kneeling down during the national anthem which is sung before all sorts of games in the US, in a way that it just isn’t in the UK.”
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