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Gary Neville reveals the lesson Tony Adams taught him on leadership

Arsenal defender Adams was captain for both club and country (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed how former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams taught him a valuable lesson when he ordered the squad to take the blame for Paul Gascoigne wreaking havoc on a plane.

Terry Venables’ England side were on the way back from a trip to China and Hong Kong in preparation for hosting Euro 96 when the midfielder responded badly to a slap on the head from Alan Shearer, smashing seats and throwing cushions on a Cathay Pacific flight.

An inquest from the FA followed, but instead of giving up the culprit, Arsenal legend Adams decided the team would stand as one and take the blame together.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: ‘The FA wanted someone out of the squad, they wanted to know who it was, they wanted basically to have a fall guy, a scapegoat.

‘Terry Venables told us this and said, “Go into that room over there”, and we all went in as a group of players to come up with a solution because the FA wanted to know who did it.

‘Tony Adams stood up in the room and said, “No-one is a scapegoat in this room, we all go out there…