What The Papers Say - 26 May
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David Moyes believes there is no prospect of Phil Neville following his brother, Gary, back into the England fold despite producing his finest season at Everton and guiding the club into the FA Cup Final.
The Everton captain was overlooked by Fabio Capello when the England manager turned to his 34-year-old sibling to solve a defensive shortage in next month's World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra. While the 34-year-old has endured an injury-plagued season at Old Trafford, and last played for England in February 2007 against Spain, Phil Neville has been instrumental in Everton's fifth-placed finish in the Premier League and run to Wembley. His manager, however, admits the versatile 32-year-old is unlikely to add to his 59 international caps regardless of what he achieves this season.
"I'm not really surprised," said Moyes. "I have been too concerned with ourselves to really worry about who has been picked for England. My job is to pick the Everton team, not England, but I think Phil has got to the stage where he won't get picked for England again. He knows that as well. But for consistency and reliability he has been great for us. I'm just pleased he is playing so well for us."
Neville and fellow Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar suffered slight hamstring problems during Sunday's victory at Fulham, though Moyes expects both to be involved against Chelsea on Saturday. "I don't see there being any great problem unless something changes in training," said the Everton manager who, despite his misgivings over Neville's international career, believes his £3.5m signing from United in 2005 has delivered his best campaign at Goodison Park so far.
Moyes added: "I think Phil has had probably his best season at Everton, his leadership qualities have been fantastic on and off the field. I think he came with such high standards from the club he left that maybe even the players and supporters didn't realise the levels he wanted to take the team to and he has done that. He has taken the team to extraordinary heights with his leadership on the field and off it. I've worked and played with some really good professionals but in recent years Phil would probably be the best because he prepares for every game like it is a final, not just the final. From that point of view he has been excellent."
The Everton manager has confirmed, meanwhile, that former Dutch international Andy van der Meyde has been released from the club with his contract due to expire next month.
Everton striker Victor Anichebe is a loan target for Cardiff City.
The Nigeria international is out injured at the moment but manager Dave Jones is a fan.
Anichebe could even come into negotiations as Everton seek a deal for Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley.
The Wales midfielder, who is valued at £6m is also wanted by Stoke City.