Neville hits out at call-offs

The Toffees skipper was reacting after 12 players pulled out of the

England Under-21 international against Italy this week. “It really

saddened me to look at the England Under-21 squad and see 12

pull-outs, when you have a situation where the full national

manager is looking to blood and build a fresh young England team,”

Neville said in The People. “I find it disgraceful. I felt ashamed

that players who have dropped down from the England team to the

under-21s are pulling out of friendly games against Italy. “I don’t

see those matches as friendly games at all. It was Italy away from

home for England – you should want to play in that game.” Neville

says there are exceptions, including rising England star Jack

Wilshere, who made his first start for the senior team against

Denmark this week. “You look at James Milner – who turned up every

time he was picked for the under-21s – and I think Jamie Carragher

played something like 40-odd times for the under-21s,” he said.

“It’s something to do with hunger, desire, something wanting to get

to the top. “The dying breed of players like Carragher, (Steven)

Gerrard, me and my brother Gary – maybe we wanted it more than some

of the younger generation do. “But there are younger players who do

want it. I look at the way Jack Wilshere plays and I see the hunger

in his eyes – you can just see it.”