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The Everton skipper was recently hailed by boss David Moyes for his longevity at the top level after joining an exclusive club of players to make 500 appearances in the Premier League. Neville himself has said he hopes to continue playing at this standard for two or three more years and with his contract up in the summer, this could be his final swansong.

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Steven Caulker (right) is led off after the game in Krusevac

England U-21 players fight Uefa bid for longer bans

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Tom Ince double as England Under-21s cruise to friendly victory over Sweden

England win 4-0 in Walsall

<b>Phil Jones</b><br/>
After suffering a back injury that ruled him out of pre-season training for the start of this season, Jones then underwent knee surgery earlier this month ruled him out of action for two months.

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Roy Hodgson lost Jermain Defoe (left) and Michael Carrick (right) to injury yesterday ahead of England’s friendly against Brazil on Wednesday

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Stuart Pearce

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England learn group at eight-team tournament in Israel

Nikola Ninkovic (left) with Danny Rose (centre) has been banned

Uefa issue 'paltry' fine to Serbia for 'disgraceful' behaviour of fans and also ban two England Under-21 players

Serbia's Under-21s must play a game behind closed doors while Steven Caulker and Thomas Ince are suspended

Pearce: 'We will have to be at it from the off to beat the very best'

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England received a kind draw for next summer's European Under-21 Championship finals, in a group with hosts Israel, Norway and Italy.

Wilfried Zaha of England during the Under 21 European Championship

England call for Zaha after injury rules out Rooney

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been called up to the senior England squad as a replacement for the injured Wayne Rooney by Roy Hodgson, who lost five players to injury on Sunday.

The Liverpool midfielder will become the sixth man to reach 100 caps for England

Steven Gerrard to become an England centurion in Sweden

Steven Gerrard will win his 100th cap when he captains England against Sweden in Stockholm on Wednesday after Roy Hodgson decided against resting his big names for the friendly.

Andros Townsend separates his team-mate Danny Rose and Sasa Markovic of Serbia

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