Scott Brown was on punditry duty for England vs Scotland on Friday as his former team-mates battled to a 0-0 draw at Wembley – but many at home were left distracted by his footwear.
The 35-year-old, who will join Aberdeen from Celtic this summer following 14 seasons at the club, gave his thoughts on the chances of Steve Clarke’s side before reflecting on their performance.
Standing pitchside with Gary Neville before the clash, the camera panned out, briefly showing his footwear, and what appeared to be an astoundingly long left foot.
Former Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden spotted it, and asked his Twitter followers if anyone had any further details by saying: “Has anyone explained Scott Brown’s left shoe?”
While there have been no further details on the optical illusion, Brown was delighted by the battling display of his former colleagues in which they grabbed a point from their biggest rivals.
He said on ITV sport: “Scotland were a great team. They worked hard for each other. One went, two went, they all pressed together. The performance, they frustrated England.
“The midfield, Billy Gilmour, Callum McGregor and John McGinn, the three of them worked extremely hard. They outpowered them, they outran England.
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“England looked leggy. They struggled to break through the lines but that was down to Steve Clarke’s formation. He got his tactics spot on and rightly so.”
He added: “It’s kept our dream alive. What we need to do is try score a goal; we need to win the game to get to the four points.
“We need a bit of luck as well. But if they do that, work as hard as they can, we’ve got a great chance.
“They’ve got to make sure they win the game on Tuesday now.”
Gary Neville echoed those thoughts, taking aim at England’s midfield: “You’ve just mentioned the three midfield players for Scotland, they were better on the ball than the three midfield players for England.
“In every single department – only (Jordan) Pickford I think played at the right level.
“All over the pitch I think Scotland were better and those physical levels need looking at, because it was a lacklustre display in such a big game.”
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