Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher ‘were turned down’ for Fantasy Football show

Gay Neville has joked that he and Jamie Carragher were turned down for Sky Sports' new Fantasy Football series that is set to be hosted by Matt Lucas Elis James.

Sky has confirmed that the series will be making its return to homes: "After 18 years off our screens, Sky are bringing back Fantasy Football League, the iconic comedy football show blending football fanaticism with celebrity chat.

"Originally fronted by the show's creators, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, the duo will be passing the ball to brand new hosts, Matt Lucas and Elis James. Fantasy Football League will be returning to our screens this autumn for a new 16-episode series on Sky Max and NOW."

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And speaking ahead of Arsenal's win over Crystal Palace on Friday evening, Neville joked he and Carragher had been turned down.

The former Manchester United star said in tongue and cheek: "Me and Carra wanted to do this show but they turned us down and got you two instead."

Both Carragher and Neville were back in the Sky Sports studio for the Premier League curtain raiser.

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Lucas and James are bringing back the famous how that ran between 1996 and 2004 on Sky.

Lucas said: "I loved watching Fantasy Football League with Frank, David and Statto and am chuffed to bits to be a part of this new incarnation. I now make a living eating cake and watching football.

"I must be the luckiest man in the world. I also get to share the sofa with Elis, who is not only hilarious but the biggest football geek I've ever met. See you next season."

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