Everton captain Neville to join England U21s coaching staff

Everton skipper Phil Neville has been appointed as a coach for the England U21 team.

The former England international will be part of the coaching staff for this summer’s European Championships in Israel after impressing during a one-off stint early last year alongside Brian Eastick and John Peacock.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for me to work with the best young players at U21 level,” said Neville.

"I had a little taste of this against Belgium and it was probably the best three days I have had - it was a real eye-opener. Those three days told me that coaching is what I really want to do.

"The thing I noticed about the under-21s is that there is a great spirit amongst the staff and the players, and there is a real togetherness and determination that they want to win this tournament.

"If I can play a small part and learn from it then it will be great.”

Head coach Stuart Pearce said of the ex-Manchester United midfielder: "Phil is treading a path towards building up his coaching credentials and has demonstrated his commitment to this by taking time out of his own summer to join us in Israel.

"For the FA it's important to encourage young coaches to take such opportunities and we're pleased that Phil will be with us during the tournament.

"Not only is it a good opportunity for Phil to learn from our environment, but it is also a chance for the young players to work with Phil. Everyone benefits from this arrangement."

 
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