Neville handed Cup Phil-ip
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nigel Reo-Coker has been replaced on England's stand-by list by Phil Neville.
Nigel Reo-Coker has been replaced on England's World Cup stand-by list by Everton's versatile star Phil Neville.
Reo-Coker's World Cup dream is over after the West Ham midfielder picked up a back injury that has forced his withdrawal from England's training camp.
But as one door closes, another opens and Sven Goran Eriksson has now turned to the tried and trusted Neville - a veteran of 52 England caps.
Neville will link up with England training in Hertfordshire on Tuesday.
The surprise boost means Phil will hope he can join his brother Gary and make the final cut of 23 who will carry the nation's tournament hopes - beginning against Paraguay on June 10.
Reo-Coker's withdrawal follows hot on the heels of Luke Young's injury-enforced omission on Monday, with the Charlton man being replaced by Tottenham centre back Michael Dawson.