David Beckham’s “strict” instructions to Phil Neville for son Romeo

David Beckham told Inter Miami boss Phil Neville to be harder on his son Romeo than “anyone else” ahead of the 19-year-old’s professional debut last week.

Romeo made his debut for Florida-based Fort Lauderdale CF last week – the reserve team of Inter Miami.

His brother Brooklyn had previously been a part of the academy at Arsenal. He was released in 2015 and stated that he no longer wanted to play football.

Six years on, another one of Beckham’s sons is attempting to make it in the sport in which his father achieved huge success.

Like his father, Romeo featured on the right side of midfield for Fort Lauderdale, completing 79 minutes before being substituted.

The Daily Mirror reported that he showed a “strong understanding” and “game intelligence”, although added that he still has “a lot of room for improvement and development”.

Neville on Romeo Beckham debut

Inter Miami manager Neville explained to the press that David Beckham had told him to be harder on his son than anyone else.

He said: “I think the first thing that David said to me was, ‘You have got to be harder on him than anyone else’.

“He has got to work harder than anyone else to get into that team because there will be questions, there will be expectations on his shoulders.

“I thought he did really well. I think the measure of his performance was that he was only planned to play 45 minutes, and he played nearly 80 minutes because he is a boy that is hungry.

“He has got a lot of pressure and expectation on his shoulders, but what he has got is his feet firmly on the ground.

“He knows he has got a lot of development to do, and he has got all the right attributes – character, determination, good person – to have a really good opportunity of making it in professional football.”

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