Revisiting his predictions ahead of the upcoming England vs. Croatia semi-final in Moscow, Neville allowed himself a pat on his own back before he urged England supporters to get behind Gareth Southgate's team.
In the exquisite seaside resort of La Baule, France, with its grand villas and miles of sandy beaches, Gareth Southgate received an education during the 1998 World Cup that has undoubtedly moulded his managerial approach in Russian Federation.
"So you've got to have a racehorse trainer's eye at times to sort that out".
"The only team I would have feared playing against is Brazil", he said.
"Probably one big difference is that we had four genuine world-class players in Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves (who did not play in the final)". "It has felt like a good holiday we have been on and we are enjoying every moment of it".
"I may be going to the Croatia game as Henry VIII but I'll wear the waistcoat on top", he joked.
"If you're asking me a question in a one-off final can we do it?"
"(But) where we are today, I would say, categorically, quite clearly, we can win it, without a shadow of doubt.
"No-one wants to go home". And we've completed a World Cup. We have completed it.
"If we get to the final or if we don't get to the final then we're one day short, you know it has been an absolute pleasure of an experience to share not just with the players but the staff, even the media staff and you guys as well. We are just trying to be in the best possible place on Wednesday". Slap a waistcoat on him, and it's not a million miles away from the man who has led England with such distinction in Russian Federation, and who stands on the brink of something truly historic.