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Everton skipper Neville could still play says Hinchcliffe

Everton captain Phil Neville has announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The former Manchester United and England midfielder will hang up his Toffees boots in the summer and is widely being tipped to move into a coaching role after he spends time with the England U21s at the European Championship in Israel in June.

But former Everton defender Andy Hinchcliffe suggests he could remain playing, quite possibly still in the Premier League.

"When he moves on, I would not be surprised if it is not all about playing for Phil," Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports News.

"He wants to play for another two or three years and if he is fit enough to do it, then great.

"But I think he will start to think about the coaching side of things, especially with him being away in the summer in Israel with England Under-21s."

He added: "I'm sure there are plenty of clubs in the Premier League that will look at him.

"Maybe he can't cover the ground that he did five or six years ago, but he has a wealth of experience and is a versatile player as well.

"He can play in central midfield or at right-back, and score the odd goal or two. But I think it would be a struggle for him to move upwards in terms of Premier League clubs - I think you are probably looking at teams that are currently below Everton in the league."

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