David Beckham has told Phil Neville to be harder on his son than anyone else after Romeo Beckham made his debut for Fort Lauderdale, Inter Miami's sister club.
Beckham made his debut on Sunday evening as his side drew 2-2 with South Georgia Tormenta in the USL League One.
However, Neville revealed what Beckham had told him after the game: "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."
Despite this, Neville was impressed with the youngster.
"I thought he did really well," Neville added.
"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."
Beckham lined up on the right side of the field, like his father, and he showed a similar ability to whip balls into the box.
The youngster signed with the club earlier this month.
He was joined on the pitch by Phil Neville's son, Harvey Neville, who signed with Fort Lauderdale earlier this year.
Harvey and Romeo's arrival at. the club their father have a big hand has drawn accusations of favouritism.
"These boys have made the decision themselves," Neville noted when quizzed on the matter.
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"When I joined this football club, Harvey was at Manchester United… and I played no part in signing my son. It was done by other people.
"The decision was made by my boy, and that is a decision he has got to make himself. He knows when he is in this football club he is no different than any other player, and it is the same with Romeo."
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