Former Everton FC, Manchester United FC and England player Phil Neville has announced his retirement from football.
The versatile 36-year-old had previously declared that he would leave the Toffees at the end of the season, but has now confirmed that his 505th Premier League appearance against former club United was the last of an illustrious 19-year career.
After making his debut alongside brother Gary for the Red Devils in the 1994/95 campaign, Neville went on to win six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League during a decade in Sir Alex Ferguson's defence. Eight years as a defender-cum-midfielder at Goodison Park with David Moyes followed, Neville helping the club re-establish themselves in the upper echelons of the league, securing seven successive top-eight finishes.
"I just wanted it to be a smooth, quiet turnover. In my heart, I knew that I wouldn't be playing again – at any level. I just wanted to drift away," said Neville, who represented his country 59 times. "The biggest thing I will miss is 4 July when Everton are back for pre-season training. I loved that day; I lived for it. Now I have got two paths - to go into the media, or go into coaching and management. I have got offers from both."
Neville is currently part of England manager Stuart Pearce's coaching staff at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel.
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