'An honour to be linked but it would have been impossible' - Phil Neville on England coaching role

Everton man has already acquired international experience after a trip to Belgium with the Under-21s, though he says he could not have gone to Euro 2012 due to playing commitments

Everton captain Phil Neville believes that it would have been "impossible" for him to take up a coaching role in the England set-up during Euro 2012 due to his playing commitments.

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson recently appointed Neville’s older brother Gary to his backroom staff for the tournament, which caused the Toffees skipper to be linked by some to follow suit

"It was an honour to be linked but there was no approach. I am still a player. I think it would have been impossible for me to do it," Neville told reporters.

NEVILLE'S 2011-12

The veteran has already experienced international coaching, having travelled to Belgium with the Under-21 squad for a Euro 2013 qualifier and the Everton man says that he was delighted to be given the chance to learn.

"To go away with the Under 21s was an amazing opportunity," he enthused.

"I see David Moyes and other managers being obsessed with detail and sometimes think: 'Switch off', but you can't.

"Those three days were a perfect learning experience. It also made me realise what a special thing being involved for your country was."