ITV Euro coverage hit with 118 complaints over Gary Nevilles political comments

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ITV has been hit with a whole hoard of Ofcom complaints due to Gary Neville's comments on the England v Denmark game.

Viewers were angry as he dug out the Prime Minister's leadership skills, sparking a whopping 118 complaints to the TV regulator.

The football commentator said that he believes Boris Johnson could learn a lesson or two in leadership skills from England manager Gareth Southgate.

The ITV pundit said: “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."

He added: “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!”

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The football boss had managed to lead his team to the first major football tournament final for England in 55 years, with Harry Kane’s extra-time goal securing a 2-1 victory over Denmark at Wembley.

Unfortunately for the England team and fans nationwide, they didn't manage to pip Italy to the post in the final which was played on Sunday.

The boys lost on penalties after the much-anticipated game resulted in 1-1 after extra time.

Also speaking on the same semi-final game, fellow football commentator Ian Wright also mentioned Raheem Sterling's impact on the match.

Wright said: “There was a bit of luck with the way it came about [the penalty], but all the years waiting, maybe that’s the luck. I’ve been dreaming of this day and now it’s come, I can’t believe it’s here.

“Raheem Sterling has attacked this tournament. I believe he was the difference, I am delighted for him, Gareth and the whole country.

He added: “Denmark played a brilliant game, faded at the end, but Gareth Southgate, his players, staff, everyone has been unbelievable. This crowd… it’s mesmerising being in this stadium right now.”

After the game, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters also added: “The players, Gareth Southgate and his coaching staff deserve great credit for their progression on the international stage over the last five years. They have captured the imagination of the nation.

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