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Everton skipper Neville: Best squad since I arrived

Everton captain Phil Neville says the current squad is the best he's seen in the five years he's been at Goodison Park.

Everton hold a 2-1 advantage going into the second leg of the round of 32 against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday and even though they are missing a number of key players, Neville was in bullish mood ahead of the match.

He said: "When I signed we had just qualified for the Champions League and brought in four or five players before deadline. We didn't have the experience to cope with Europe.

"The year after was different and we embraced the experience. It seemed to galvanise the whole team and the club in general.

"This is the finest squad of players we've had in my time at the club. We have a fine blend of youth and experience, continental experience as well.

"The next step for this club is to win a major competition. This season this competition represents our best option."

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