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Ex-Everton captain Neville: Tougher for young players today

Former Manchester United and Everton captain Phil Neville feels it's more difficult for young players to break into Premier League first teams today.

Neville is back in England after a spell coaching at Valencia came to an end when older brother Gary was fired as manager in March.

He told Shortlist: “There is far more pressure and expectation levels. There are also more pitfalls than when I was a young apprentice, so it is definitely harder for a younger person to be a player now.

“When I was 16 I didn't know what people were earning and what other players' expectations were. The press didn't care as much about the ins and outs of people's lives. Everyone knows everything about everyone's life as you want to be more accessible.

“I am not knocking younger players down because it is more difficult environment it is a tougher environment. Sure, they are given a lot today but we still need to help this younger generation more than we are doing."

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