Rio Ferdinand is the latest big-name Manchester United player to heap praise on retired team-mate Gary Neville.
The veteran right-back quit the game earlier this month and has already started working with United's academy players in an effort to complete his coaching badges before deciding what to do with the remainder of his life.
"Gary was tremendous," said Ferdinand. "He had great determination and drive and could deliver fantastic crosses."
He added: "I remember the first time I joined up with an England squad, Gary would be doing his own stretches whilst the manager was talking to the players before training.
"People used to take the Mickey out of him for that. But it just shows you the length he would go to in order to maximise his potential.
"That sort of behaviour earned him a reputation as somebody who was very serious.
"But he was a really funny bloke and we will miss him in the dressing room."
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