Phil Neville criticism: World Cup pundit laughs off backlash over 'monotone' commentary, but admits role is 'harder than I thought'

Neville drew criticism for commentary during England's defeat to Italy

Under-fire World Cup pundit Phil Neville has thanked the critics who blasted his commentary style during England's defeat to Italy.

The Former Manchester United and Everton player drew a huge amount of scorn for his "montone" words while covering the game for the BBC in Manaus on Saturday night.

But Neville has shaken off the backlash and even thanked his critics for the feedback.

"1st live co-comm last night - sometimes u [sic] have to take the criticism - it will only make me better - thanks for the feedback (ahhahaha)!" he posted to his Twitter page on Sunday.

He later admitted the co-commentator role was more difficult than he was anticipating, telling Radio 5 Live: "Co-commentary is harder than I thought it would be...I will get better...I'm glad I helped everybody sleep!"

Fellow broadcaster Danny Baker was among his critics, but said the BBC should share the blame.

He said: "Phil Neville has acknowledged he wasn't great during England commentary. But what were the BBC doing giving him THAT game to 'learn his craft'?"

The BBC also moved to defend Neville, who drew a mountain of fury on Twitter during the game.

"Phil is an important, well respected member of our team and will continue to play a key role throughout the tournament, both as a studio guest and match commentator," said a BBC spokeseman.

BBC pundit Neville attracted 445 complaints BBC pundit Neville attracted 445 complaints Here are a few of the best Tweets from Saturday night...

Is Neville doing the shipping forecast?

— Tom Foot (@tomfoot1) June 14, 2014

Alcohol dependency groups have suspended sales of their cessation video narrated by Phil Neville after millions more people hit the bottle

— Neil Yates (@neilayates) June 15, 2014

Phil Neville could make Zippity Doo Dah sound like a cancer diagnosis

— Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) June 14, 2014

The most important button on the sky remote when Phil Neville commentates #worldcup pic.twitter.com/e9O3A5Yo9x

— Everything Liverpool (@scouseliving) June 14, 2014

"And the BBC have just made one change for the second half. They've taken off Phil Neville and brought on a speak-your-weight machine."

— Danny Baker (@prodnose) June 14, 2014

England's physio stretchered off after falling into a coma listening to Phil Neville's commentary. pic.twitter.com/ZcdJbwyUf0

— NeiLFC Davies (@NDAV5L) June 14, 2014

Phil Neville. If a Wild Bean Cafe pasty could talk.

— Chris Addison (@mrchrisaddison) June 14, 2014

I'm sure this is what phil neville was thought he was watching last night pic.twitter.com/PibjYUJZKn

— AP FROM HIGHBURY (@adamparsons70) June 15, 2014

#PhilNeville The man doing the subtitles for Phil Neville last night #zzzzzzzzzzzz pic.twitter.com/CGRkjhVXIU

— Danny smith (@doglab) June 15, 2014

Phil Neville with fantastic analysis of the 5mins of extra time. 'There have been stoppages'. Sorry Gary

— Michael Carlson (@Carlsonsports) June 14, 2014

Phil Neville - the people's sleeping pill. #WorldCup2014 #BBC #WorldCup2014

— Renegade Economist (@RenegadeEcon) June 14, 2014

BBC have apologised for sound problems during the game after Phil Neville's microphone was mistakenly left on.

— tom jamieson (@jamiesont) June 14, 2014

No wonder #ManUtd came 7th. Having Phil Neville in the dressing room must have been like having a death eater present. #EnglandvsItaly

— Greg Rutherford (@GregJRutherford) June 14, 2014

If the entire stadium burns down, Phil Neville will mumble "Well, that's what flames can do. If they're not marked."

— Mark Steel (@mrmarksteel) June 14, 2014

My SatNav has more enthusiasm than Phil Neville!

— PNE Police (@PNEPolice) June 14, 2014

If I was stranded on a desert island with a tin of corned beef and Phil Neville I would eat Phil Neville and talk to the corned beef.

— Jeff (@Schofij) June 15, 2014

will be playing recordings of Phil Neville all night to keep the streets all calm and sleepy. Remember respect residents #KnowYourLimit

— Policing South Warks (@SWarksCops) June 14, 2014
Neville's commentary drew 445 complaints from viewers, which pulled in a peak audience of 15.6m viewers.
 
Arts and Entertainment
books
Voices
Caustic she may be, but Joan Rivers is a feminist hero, whether she likes it or not
voicesShe's an inspiration, whether she likes it or not, says Ellen E Jones
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and the Dalek meet
tvReview: Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Sport
Diego Costa
footballEverton 3 Chelsea 6: Diego Costa double has manager purring
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
3D printed bump keys can access almost any lock
techSoftware needs photo of lock and not much more
Arts and Entertainment
The 'three chords and the truth gal' performing at the Cornbury Music Festival, Oxford, earlier this summer
music... so how did she become country music's hottest new star?
Life and Style
The spy mistress-general: A lecturer in nutritional therapy in her modern life, Heather Rosa favours a Byzantine look topped off with a squid and a schooner
fashionEurope's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln
News
Dr Alice Roberts in front of a
peopleAlice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Star turns: Montacute House
tv
News
i100Steve Carell selling chicken, Tina Fey selling saving accounts and Steve Colbert selling, um...
Arts and Entertainment
Unsettling perspective: Iraq gave Turner a subject and a voice (stock photo)
booksBrian Turner's new book goes back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
News
The Digicub app, for young fans
advertisingNSPCC 'extremely concerned'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Some of the key words and phrases to remember
booksA user's guide to weasel words
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution