Everton captain Phil Neville says he will not hold a grudge against manager David Moyes after seeing his role restricted at Goodison Park.

Tony Hibbert has started the last five games at right-back for the Toffees, which means Neville has either been on the bench or deployed in central midfield.

As skipper, though, Neville realises he still has an important role to play at Everton, and will not be seen expressing visible disappointment at being left out of the side.

The 34-year-old will instead 'knuckle down' and endeavour to force his way back into Moyes' starting line-up.

Neville told the Everton website: "I have a responsibility as captain - if I'm seen to be sulking around the place and bad mouthing the manager what kind of an example is that to the younger players at the Club who look up to me?"


"What I've done is knuckled down and there's no guarantee that anyone is going to be in the starting 11 including me - and I accept that.

"I've been in this situation before at my previous club where I'm not in the team but I know how to handle it and I'll do what I know best which is work hard on the training ground.

"I know from experience that I'll get my chance again and it's up to me to produce when I do get that chance and give the manager no other option but to keep me in the team."

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