EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

05/10/2009 08:13, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Fire still burns in Neville

the most important thing.

How key has Sir Alex’s role been in your longevity?
The boss is the reason we’re still at the club – and the reason we were given an opportunity in the first place. He promoted youth all those years back, sorted out the youth set-up and has pushed it ever since. Young players have always broken through and he’s been the key to us being here so long; he’s in control. We’re soldiers, if you like, and we’re happy to do a job that makes him want to keep us here.

The other question... Do you hope to be involved in next summer's World Cup?
I’m not looking at an England return, to be honest. The time’s probably come for Glen Johnson or Wes Brown now – they’ve done very well and I’d think they’re the first-choice players. It doesn’t mean I’d turn down the opportunity if it came, but it’s not something I’m focusing on.

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