Phil Neville's wife Julie reveals he went to football training during emergency ...

The wife of England Women's football manager Phil Neville has revealed he left her to go to training before she nearly died giving birth to their daughter.

Julie Neville, 43, has been married to the former player, also 43, for 20 years after they met at a friend's 21st birthday party three years earlier. 

They have two children, Harvey, born in 2002, and Isabella, born in 2004, who was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18-months-old. 

But Mrs Neville has revealed her husband's devotion to his job meant he wasn't by her side when Isabella's birth went horribly wrong - and she was left fighting for her life. 

She told the Manchester Evening News how he asked doctors 'how long it would take' when she started haemorrhaging and they said she would need an emergency C-section.

Julie Neville, 43, has been married to former Manchester United player Phil (pictured together in Manchester in 2018) for 20 years after they met at a friend's 21st birthday party three years earlier

The Nevilles are seen together at Wimbledon last summer

Julie Neville, 43, has been married to former player Phil for 20 years after they met at a friend's 21st birthday party three years earlier

Neville, 43, is now manager of the Lionesses and is pictured at a friendly between England and Brazil in October last year

Neville, 43, is now manager of the Lionesses and is pictured at a friendly between England and Brazil in October last year 

Mrs Neville, who lives with her husband and their children in a plush mansion in Hale, Greater Manchester, said: 'I'd been in hospital quite a few weeks because my waters broke before 28 weeks.

'He was sleeping in a chair beside the delivery table every night and then going to training during the day and then on the morning she was born it was quite obvious something bad was going wrong.

'I was haemorrhaging quite badly and they were like 'we need to get this baby out now.'

'Phillip said to the obstetrician 'how long do you think it will take? I was just thinking I was going to go to training and do some stuff at work and then I'll come back later.'

'I was in quite a bad way at his point, thinking 'oh my god I think I'm dying.'

'And so he said 'right I'm just going to go to training.' So my mum is at home looking after our one-year-old son I'm on my own then in this delivery room.'

The mother-of-two recalled that her husband had only been gone for 10 minutes when Isabella's heart stopped beating.

She said: 'They pressed an alarm and before I knew it there was 20 people in the room and I was haemorrhaging more and more.

'I literally remember them going 'where's Philip? somebody ring him now he needs to come now.'

'There was this panic stations and I remember going 'I need to wait, can we just wait?'

Phil and Julie have two children, Harvey, born in 2002, and Isabella, born in 2004, who was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18-months-old

Phil and Julie have two children, Harvey, born in 2002, and Isabella, born in 2004, who was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18-months-old

'As it happens I remember him dashing in at the last minute and then they had to throw him out because she'd had no heartbeat for six minutes and they had to knock me out and it was an emergency section.

'He looks back now and says 'probably looking back maybe it probably wasn't a good idea.'

'I still would never say 'actually I'm really scared' I was like 'you go I'll be fine.''

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