Phil Neville calls for bravery in World Cup opener against Scotland

England’s manager wants his side to take risks in an intriguing World Cup opener in Nice

Phil Neville takes his seat at a near-deserted beachside restaurant and surveys the mid-morning scene. “Not bad,” says England’s manager gesturing towards the waves breaking gently on the pebbly shoreline and the steep, olive grove-dotted hills framing the city behind him.

Lightly tanned and looking sufficiently lean to still be playing, the 42-year-old exudes the relaxed air of someone enjoying a de-stressing spa break as he details his 6am runs along the Promenade des Anglais and daily gym regime.

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