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Neville awarded university honour

Gary Neville at a World Cup training camp Credit: PA Images

Ex-Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville has been awarded an honorary doctorate.

The England coach received a doctor of science award from Salford Business School.

The University of Salford said the doctorate recognised his "dedication to promoting the importance of sustainability in the sports and property development industries".

"I've had a strong affiliation with Salford ever since I joined Manchester United as a youth player in 1991 and I'm delighted to be involved more closely with the city's community through Salford City FC and now as an honorary graduate at the University.

"University students work so hard to get a degree and you could say that the Salford students graduating today have, in football terms, won a Premier League title. But now they need to get on in their chosen career and win six or seven more."

– Gary Neville

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