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Neville Retires From Playing

Ex-Blues skipper calls time on 18-year career.

Neville Retires From Playing

Former Everton captain Phil Neville has announced his retirement from the game.

The 36-year-old has decided to hang up his boots in order to concentrate on pursuing his coaching career and options within the media.

Neville has been away with the England Under-21s at their European Championships working alongside Stuart Pearce.

The former Manchester United man's decision brings the curtain down on an 18-year playing career, eight of which were spent at Goodison Park.

"Three weeks ago, everyone in the world seemed to be retiring," joked Neville. "I thought 'I'm not jumping on this bandwagon'.

"In my heart, I knew that I wouldn't be playing again - at any level. I just wanted to drift away.

"I want to coach, I want to get more hours on the grass.

"I have got two paths - one to go into the media, the other to go into coaching and management. I have got offers from both."

Neville has revealed that it will be not reporting back for pre-seaosn duty that will be the hardest moment for him.

"The biggest thing I will miss is 4 July when Everton are due back for pre-season training. I loved that day. I lived for it, getting back with the lads."

William NussbaumWe will miss you and hope to see you on our sidelines one day soon!

Sunday 9th June 14:37 Report Comment

Aakarsh ChandanGood luck Nev. You were a great captain. True Blue.

Sunday 9th June 12:04 Report Comment

Nigel NorcliffeA fantastic servant to our club. Good luck with all you do in the future. Who knows maybe becoming our manager in the future.

Sunday 9th June 10:23 Report Comment
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