Phil replaced Gary in a friendly against Portugal on this day.
England has seen a number of siblings wear the Three Lions over the years but the two most famous sets would have to be Jack and Bobby Charlton, and Gary and Phil Neville.
While the Charltons have the undeniable bragging rights of being the only brothers to pick up World Cup winners’ medals as part of the 1966 team, the Nevilles have just managed to eclipse them with regards to international appearances.
Jack and Bobby collected 141 caps between them while Gary and Phil have amassed an impressive 144 appearances during their lengthy careers – the record for any brothers.
The Nevilles – who both started out at Manchester United’s youth academy – broke into the England set-up in the mid-1990s, with older brother Gary making his debut in ’95 against Japan and Phil following suit in ’96 against China.
However, it was on this day in 1998 that they created another bit of history, becoming the first brothers to replace one another in an international – a friendly contest against Portugal at Wembley.
Leading 3-0 – after a brace from Alan Shearer and one from Teddy Sherringham – England Manager Glenn Hoddle removed Gary in the 81st minute and sent on Phil for his tenth international appearance.
There is little argument that Gary has enjoyed the more consistent international career, taking part in the ’96, ’00 and ’04 European Championships, and the ’98 and ’06 World Cups – only missing out in ’02 due to injury. And even now, at the age of 35, there is the possibility he could still add to his 85 caps, having been part of Fabio Capello’s most recent squad that faced Egypt at Wembley.
One more appearance would give the Manchester United captain yet another record, bringing him level with the Three Lions’ most capped full-back, Kenny Sansom.