Gary made his England debut under Terry Venables in 1995 for a friendly against Japan. Selected by five different managers, he went onto play 85 times for his country across three European Championships and two World Cups before his last appearance in 2007. Gary played many international games alongside his brother and United teammates David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Rio Ferdinand and Andy Cole.
England were unable to match United’s success. Gary’s verdict: “They are caught between these massive expectations and the reality of being good, sometimes very good, but probably not of tournament-winning quality.”
That Gary has remained England’s most capped right back is no surprise to his long-time United team mate and friend Ryan Giggs.
“He was England’s number one for so many years and he was so consistent. His biggest quality was his positional play; he was always in the right position.”
After completing his UEFA professional coaching badges, Gary later became an England coach under Roy Hodgson in 2012. He worked as assistant manager during the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil and 2016 European championships in France.