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Pair Fine For Final

Phil Neville and Steven Pienaar will be fit for the FA Cup final.

Pair Fine For Final

Phil Neville has allayed fears over his fitness ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final.

The Everton captain was substituted during Sunday's victory at Fulham and manager David Moyes later admitted the midfielder was suffering with a hamstring problem.

The same was true of Steven Pienaar, but Moyes expects the South African to be fine as well.

Both players trained on Monday morning and reported no reoccurrence of the tweaks felt at Craven Cottage.

"I've had a bit of a tight hamstring now for a couple of weeks," Neville told evertonTV. "I just didn't want to take any risks. It was the last 10 minutes and it was no time for heroes - I just wanted to get off the field, get it relaxed and I trained on Monday with no problems and I feel 100 per cent fit."

Neville can now concentrate fully on leading his players out against a Chelsea side who go into the clash overwhelming favourites.

The man who won 10 major honours with Manchester United has seen a unique level of belief among his current team-mates and insists the tag of underdogs is one which sits happily with all.

"This set of players are so determined to succeed," he said. "They're all at that age now where they want success. I've never met a hungrier bunch of players for success and we're just hoping this is our time.

"I think we're ready, ready to play in an FA Cup final and ready to win. I don't see or smell any fear. All I see is lots of confidence and lots of belief.

"We're massive underdogs and everyone knows that - Chelsea are a world class team with wonderful players. But we've overcome that tag before and we've been able to handle everything that's been thrown at us."

Part of the belief which has shaped Everton's season, Neville insists, is drawn from the stands and, in a direct message to supporters, the 32-year-old added: "I just want to say thank you for everything you've done this season. You've picked us up when we've needed it, you've kicked us up the backside when we've needed it and you always wear your hearts on your sleeves.

"It makes you proud as captain when you're filling other people's stadiums with your own fans. It's then that it hits home that you're playing for a big club with supporters who really care.

"Let's hope on Saturday we can repay the fans and give them all a nice present."

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Dominic CahillaneBest team in years man. Lets have a win and repay all the fans, best fans in the world. Other teams just don't understand the feeling of unity we have.

Friday 29th May 15:20 Report Comment

tony swainethe quality he learned at utd is shining through his performances what a dedicated player and i for one am glad he is our lub captain.cant wait to see you pick up that trophy on saturday

Wednesday 27th May 11:11 Report Comment

Justin Goughwhat a player nev is i was unsure when we first singed him but now he is a true blue as for peanut we need u to be fit for the final as you av been in great form and can i just say i think that we should try and sign owen duff moutinho mbia ledley and maybe even bentley

Tuesday 26th May 21:31 Report Comment

Dave OlderNev, once again this year you have made a massive contribution to Everton. You are a top class pro who leads by example and you deserve to lift the FA Cup on Saturday. Now we have two Neville's to be proud of!!!!

Tuesday 26th May 19:47 Report Comment

Paul CunninghamPhew.....

Tuesday 26th May 18:34 Report Comment

Jack Farronthis is great news thatboth neville and pienaar ar fine for the final!!! both men are equally importnat to the team and both are playing their best since joining!!! the tag of underdogs is more than welcome as it means we can play with no fear!! the onus is all on the blues f chelsea as losing would mean nother trophyless season for them. Saturday cant come quick enough COYB!!!!!

Tuesday 26th May 16:05 Report Comment

Daniel BuddaLove ya to bits toffees... come on lads, we all deserve it... COYB!

Tuesday 26th May 15:52 Report Comment

Gaz TylerI WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY IN 1995 WE HAD A WINNING PLAYER IN THE SIDE THAT WON US THE FA CUP IN BIG NEV AND THIS YEAR WE ARE GOING TO WIN IT AGAIN WITH ANOTHER NEV THIS TIME LITTLE CAPTAIN NEV.YOU GO OUT THERE AND SHOW EVERYONE THAT YOU DON'T NEED MILLIONS TO WIN THINGS.YOU NEED GUTS AND YOU PLAY YOUR HEARTS OUT FOR THE CLUB YOU LOVE.COYB.ITS OUR YEAR.MOYES MANAGER OF THE SEASON BY FAR.

Tuesday 26th May 15:24 Report Comment

Maria ClarkeOne word - LEGEND!!

Tuesday 26th May 09:56 Report Comment

Katie FlanaganSo glad we need our captain on Saturday to keep the team going like he always does, we all know he will give 100% every time he plays. And Pienaar as been in great form so am glad he will be alrightt. COYB.

Tuesday 26th May 09:40 Report Comment

Stig Andre KarlsenNeville; the perfect captain!!!

Tuesday 26th May 09:20 Report Comment

steve hurleyTo phill and all the players you are by far the best team in the prem this season NOW win the F A cup for us COYB

Tuesday 26th May 08:33 Report Comment
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