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Phil Neville 1994-2005 301 Games 8 Goals

November 18, 2009

Written by: Adam Carpenter

The younger brother of Gary Neville, Phil was certainly no let down to the united side in a very enjoyable 11 years at Old Trafford. He was another product of the united youth academy like many others of the time of his development. Scholes, Giggs, Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Butt and so on all became united regulars in the early to mid 90’s, and in the summer of 1995 there was a wholesale clearance of players like Kanchelskis, Hughes and Ince. This was a showing of how much faith Sir Alex had in his younger players to step up to the plate and they certainly did that as they went on to lift the premier league trophy and the F.A. cup in the same season. However Phil Neville in particular was one of the younger players who struggled to get regular matches for united at left back, due to the consistency of Denis Irwin. When Phil did manage to get his chance, he showed he was a more than adequate replacement for Irwin. Phil was never a dirty or highly aggressive player, a bit different to his brother there, this is showing as he astonishingly never picked up and red cars playing for united at all. During his days at Old Trafford, he won 6 premier league titles, 6 F.A. cups and a European cup. Sir Alex thought it was best to sell Phil back in 2005 as he wanted regular first team football. He was sold to Everton for £3.5 million.

Nowadays he is playing for Everton and he is still currently a valuable team member on Merseyside and has shown no sign of aging at 32 in a youngish looking Everton squad. Overall he has been a superb acquisition by David Moyes and many true blues will say that Phil is still a vital member of the squad on the pitch, in the dressing room and on the training field. He is also now since 2007 been the captain of the club and has also become a true leader in his later days of his career.

Phil’s career at international level with England has been a very good one. He won his first cap back in 1996 in a match against China at only the age of 19. Ever since then he was a regular in many different England squads, but he could never really establish himself among the back four especially at left back as he has had Ashley Cole to contend with, this is the main reason thought to have been because of his retirement. He was very unlucky not to make it in the world cup 1998 squad and was dropped at the last minute be the manager. He has gone on to win 59 caps which is a very decent total and hung his England boots up back in 2007.

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