Everton captain Phil Neville has accepted an invitation by the FA to help coach England under-21’s, the club’s official website have revealed.
The Young Lions have a fixture against Belgium at the Riverside Stadium next week in Middlesbrough, and the seasoned professional will assist Brian Eastick and John Peacock, with usual boss Stuart Pearce taking control of the senior side on an interim basis.
The game is an important one for England, who are currently top of their group for European Championship qualification, with the Belgians in second place.
Everton revealed that Neville could be keen on a coaching role once he hangs up his boots, and this may be the first step to a successful career on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Stuart Pearce has admitted that he is available to lead the senior side into Euro 2012, should the authorities feel he is the right man to do so.
“I am available and I have tournament experience if they (the FA) need me to step into the breach in the summer,” he told a press conference at Wembley shown on Sky Sports.
“That is obviously a decision for the employees here. They know exactly where I am, they know exactly what I want to do.
“If they need me to take the squad in the summer I will do that with pleasure.
“If they need me to coach a manager that is coming through the door, I will do that with pleasure as well.
“Beyond that, at this moment in time, I consider myself after the summer the Team GB manager and Under 21 manager,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight
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