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How old is Phil Neville and when was he appointed England women’s manager?

The ex-England international will be part of the BBC's 2018 World Cup commentating team in Russia

PHIL NEVILLE will be joining the BBC commentating team in Russia for the World Cup this summer.

The ex-England, Manchester United and Everton defender made 59 appearances for his national side but was never included in a World Cup squad during his playing career.

 Neville will be heading to the World Cup as part of the BBC team
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Neville will be heading to the World Cup as part of the BBC team

He has regularly appeared as a pundit whether on TV or Radio including Match of the Day on the BBC and Sky Sports.

He was also a commentator and pundit at the 2014 World Cup where he received 445 complaints for his "lack of emotion and monotone style" for his commentary on the England vs Italy game.

How old is Neville and who is in his family?

THE Neville family is well known across the board - not just through Phil. 

Phil is 41-years-old and married to Julie and have two children - Harvey and Isabella.

His father Neville Neville died in 2015 but was a British league cricketer, football agent and director of Bury Football Club.

 Former Manchester United and Everton defender has been in charge of England since January
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Former Manchester United and Everton defender has been in charge of England since January

His mother Jill used to play netball in the local leagues and is currently the general manager and club secretary of Bury.

Neville and Jill had two other children - Tracey - who is Phil's twin and the coach of the England netball team which just won gold at the Commonwealth Games - and eldest son Gary also an England and Manchester United defender.


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When did Neville become England Women's manager?

ALONGSIDE brother Gary, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt he agreed to purchase Salford City football club ahead of the 2014-15 season. 

He now owns 10% of the club after billionaire Peter Lim agreed to buy 50% of the stake.

The group of former Manchester United stars are frequently seen at Salford games but Neville less so since he became the manager of the England women's team on January 23 2018.

The FA announced he had signed a contact earlier this year with a contract which will run to the end of the UEFA Women's Euros in 2021.

 Neville made over 59 appearances for England
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Neville made over 59 appearances for England

Why was their controversy over the appointment?

SHORTLY after being appointed, Phil Neville decided to delete his twitter account after controversial comments from 2012 emerged. 

The 41-year-old attracted critiscm on social media for the comments with some staying he was clearly not the man for the job.

Since taking over as manager, England Women have continued their World Cup qualification games and been runners up in the She Believes Cup.


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When is the 2018 World Cup?

ENGLAND travel out to Russia on Tuesday, June 12 before their World Cup campaign starts on Monday, June 18 with their first group match against Tunisia. 

In Group G they will also face Panama (Sunday, June 24) and Belgium (Thursday, June 28).

If they win their group, England will face the runners-up of Group H which consists of Colombia, Japan, Poland and Senegal.

The final of the World Cup will be held on Sunday, July 15.

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