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Name Phil Neville
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  England Women Manager

Affiliation

Org England National Team
  England Women National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
Owner Salford City

Relationship

Wife Julie Neville
Teammate David Beckham
  Paul Scholes
  Roy Keane
  Ryan Giggs
  Gary Neville

Notes

Salford City Gary Neville, along with his brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes is a co-owner of Salford City

2009 07 08 Retrieve

[Everton defender Phil Neville remains convinced that the English Premier League is still the most exciting domestic competition in Europe, despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent suggestion that the Spanish Primera Division is superior] It’s all because of one man and one man’s wealth that players are going to Real Madrid. From an English football point of view I was gutted to see Cristiano Ronaldo leave. I think he brought a lot to the Premier League, everyone enjoyed playing against him, he is the best player in the world and he entertains people. We want the best players to be playing in the Premier League because we feel we play the best football and we have the best product over here. Real Madrid are spending money but I still believe the Premier League is the best, the most exciting, the most honest, the most entertaining and we can be proud of that

[Neville had the choice as a youngster between a career in football or professional cricket, and it is the summer game that will be occupying a large part of his thoughts over the remainder of the summer, with England and Australia battling for the Ashes in a series beginning today] I couldn’t wait for the Ashes. It’s going to be a really fiercely contested series. England look like they’ve refound their form and Australia look like a team in transition. We’ve got (Andrew) Flintoff fit, (Kevin) Pietersen fit - all the big guns. For me it’s one of the best duals in sport and there’s nothing better than beating the Aussies! My money is on England, no doubt about it.

2013 03 14 Retrieve

[Phil Neville eyeing career in county cricket after retirement from football] One hundred per cent, I will play cricket again in a couple of years time if my career ends. That is the first thing I am going to do; I am going to get back doing something I love. People sometimes fear retirement but I am looking forward to it because I can go and do something I love. To get the chance at my stage in my life to get back involved with Lancashire is great because I love going to Old Trafford to watch

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Phil Neville on Paul Scholes] Paul, for me, is the best player in the England team. It worries teams. Speak to any other international team and they will single Paul out as England’s key player. For me, he doesn’t get the full credit that he deserves. He is a world-class player and deserves to be up there with the likes of Zidane and Figo

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Julie Neville on her husband Phil’s domestic abilities] Ironing? Oh, gosh no, he wouldn’t even know where we keep the ironing board. He wouldn’t know how to turn an oven on. If you’d seen [his first attempt to make coffee], it you would not have thought it was classed as a coffee. I didn’t taste it, but it didn’t look good. All his talent is in his toes, that’s for certain.

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] I think as a goalscoring midfielder, Frank was the best in Premier League history. You can’t take that away

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Phil Neville compares Manchester City winger Leroy Sane with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale] When I see Leroy Sane play, I remember Gareth Bale when he went from Southampton to Tottenham. Early in the season, you thought ‘Sane, oh he’s young, a little bit weak, he’s not used to English football’ – Gareth Bale was like that but what I’m seeing now is something similar to Gareth Bale. The way he has devastating pace, the way he goes past people with that power and pace. Simplicity at times, he’s not someone who’ll do two, three step-overs, it’s running behind, pace, and devastating finish. He could be a sensational player

2017 09 23 Retrieve

[Phil Neville speaks about Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford’s qualities] Everybody praises Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe but nobody talks about Marcus Rashford in this country. Because he’s English we just say ‘he plays on the left wing, he’s OK’. He is up there with Dembele and Mbappe, who also play on either wing. People say you have to play Rashford as a centre forward but you can play him anywhere because he is good enough. Rashford is in the same bracket as those two - £100m-£150m players - he is every bit as good as those two and can be in the future because he is improving every season. He broke in under Louis van Gaal and set the world on fire, in his second season under Jose Mourinho everyone thought he wouldn’t play but he did in all the big games. Now he is adding goals to his game and he can be absolutely world class

2018 09 01 Retrieve

[England women’s national team manager Phil Neville speaks about how he relates with his players] I text them individually and we have 30 WhatsApp groups, one for every player. It’s the only way we can be in constant contact. It means that every single minute of the day I know what players are doing. I know every part of their lives. I know about their animals; if they’ve got a dog I know its name. My players love their dogs. I know about their partners, I know if they go to the cinema – it’s the detail you need to be successful. If they have an ice cream I know about it

2019 03 02 Retrieve

[Phil Neville’s approach to building his team for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019] Everybody’s equal, that’s the beauty of our squad. Everybody has a chance to go to the World Cup. It’s how I wanted it. It’s how it was in my career. At any given time, if you deserve to be in that team, in that squad – I will pick you

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[England Women Team manager Phil Neville on Lucy Bronze] What you have seen tonight is that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world: there is no player like her, no player who has her athleticism and quality. I played full-back but never to that level she played at

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Phil Neville before England’s quarter-final with Norway] Ellen White’s taken her game to another level. People thought she was a grafter, a hard worker who did a job for the team. But I’ve not seen a better centre-forward in this tournament

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Phil Neville reflects on the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019] I’d say if I was looking back at two things that I learned in the summer: one was that, without doubt, they were the best 52 days of my career. Living, breathing World Cup football at the top level against the best coaches and the best teams, it was a phenomenal experience

2019 11 09b Retrieve

[Neville’s Lionesses have flaws exposed by Germany in front of record-breaking Wembley crowd] This is the type of game where there are no excuses. We’re in the best shape since we’ve come back from the World Cup and it’s now going out and delivering on the biggest stage

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[England coach Phil Neville on facing USA in the upcoming SheBelieves Cup in March] We want to be the biggest threat to them. We want to overtake them. That’s the aim. Not just to get level with them, we want to overtake them. The more we play them, the more that we compete against them, the more confidence we’ll have

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Manchester United are only one Virgil van Dijk-esque signing away from being Premier League title challengers] I think one more signing. You think about Liverpool signing [Virgil] Van Dijk and Alisson in goal. One or two more signings or [Paul] Pogba and one more signing playing to their absolute best. I think United can get closer. Maguire has had a really strong impact but another real strong centre-back. They’ve still got to be defensively sound. One more signing and United can challenge

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Man Utd only need one more signing to challenge for title] kjaer is to completing a rebuild in Manchester: “I think one more signing. You think about Liverpool signing [Virgil] Van Dijk and Alisson in goal. One or two more signings or [Paul] Pogba and one more signing playing to their absolute best. I think United can get closer

[Pressed on which area United need to reinforce when the transfer window reopens] Centre-back, you look at the impact Van Dijk had. Maguire has had a really strong impact but another real strong centre-back. They’ve still got to be defensively sound. One more signing and United can challenge

[on Solskjaer’s potential attacking plans] He’ll want Rashford to develop into a centre-forward, 100 per cent. But I think Rashford, Martial and Greenwood like to play in and around a centre forward. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they still went into the transfer market and bought a centre forward. But with Pogba and Fernandes and their type of creativity, Martial and Rashford and Greenwood will get better service. It means that when they play a little loose, they’ve got someone in Fernandes who will play that killer pass