Phil Neville hangs em up

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We knew after the season that Phil Neville would be leaving Everton after 8 years at Goodison Park, but he stopped short of declaring his retirement.

Now, the wait is over: Neville’s decided to call it a career.

The 36-year-old defender/midfielder has officially declared his retirement.

He joins the likes of David Beckham, Michael Owen, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Paul Scholes who have all retired in the past few weeks.  Strangely, all worked/played for Manchester United for significant periods during their careers.

The Englishman said he didn’t want to “jump on the bandwagon” of retirees towards the end of this season, so that’s why he waited to make the announcement.

Neville has a UEFA B coaching license and is working on his UEFA A license, and has been tipped to join either Manchester United under his former boss David Moyes, or some place like Brighton for his first managerial job.

Neville said he will decide on his future following the U-21 European Championships, where he is helping coach the squad under Stuart Pierce. “I have got two paths – one to go into the media, the other to go into coaching and management” said Neville. “I have got offers from both. I will sit down at the end of the tournament [and make a decision].”

The announcement concludes a 19-year career for Neville that included 505 Premier League appearances between United and Everton (split almost exactly evenly) and 59 caps for the England squad.