Toffees captain has plenty left in the tank

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Everton skipper Phil Neville believes he can continue to play at the highest level for another two seasons.

The former England international, whose brother Gary retired from Manchester United duty midway through the season, still believes he has plenty to offer manager David Moyes.

However, Neville did admit his own personal doubts at the start of last season after struggling for fitness at the beginning of the successful campaign.

"From a personal point of view it’s been one of most enjoyable seasons. But at the start of the season, and particularly after the Blackburn game, when you come back from injury you question yourself," Neville told Everton TV online.

"I was questioning myself whether I was good enough to be a footballer again, I was contemplating retirement at the time but the manager told me to snap out of it and so did my family and I’ve had a great season.

"I’ve personally enjoyed it more than any other one, I feel as fit as I ever have and from the start of the season where I though it might be my last I’m now thinking I want to continue for as long as possible and at least the next two seasons - hopefully at Everton.”


The versatile full back, who has also been used in a defensive midfield role at Goodison Park, admitted there were low points in a campaign that ultimately ended in a seventh place Barclays Premier League finish.

Neville took it upon himself to keep morale high in the camp during the tough times though, and believes the team spirit in the Everton camp was key to their strong finish.

"Reading in the FA Cup was absolutely catastrophic - you can’t say anything more than that, we’d just beaten Chelsea and we thought it was going to be our year again – we’re going to turn it around and get to Wembley and then we get beat by Reading," he continued.

"As captain my style is to lift the spirits in a jovial way, I do like to raise my voice sometimes but the best way to get confidence back in players is to have a laugh and a joke and to build team spirit and this year it’s been needed on a number of occasions.

"But with the team spirit we’ve got we all just seem to pull together, that’s the pleasing thing about being captain of this group of players, that when we lose at Bolton or against Brentford or Reading it’s not just one or two that have to raise the spirits, the whole team pull together."

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