Moyes Hails Neville's Attitude

  • Last Updated: September 20 2011, 15:05 BST

David Moyes has paid tribute to Phil Neville's attitude during his time away from the Everton starting XI.

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The Toffees skipper has been surprisingly omitted from Moyes' plans for Premier League fixtures against Aston Villa and Wigan.

He has, however, refused to sulk and has instead focused his energy on being a productive figure around the camp.

As club captain he is expected to lead by example on and off the field and that is precisely what he has been doing.

Neville has remained a key voice in the dressing room over recent weeks and Moyes admits it will not be too long before the 34-year-old is back in the heat of battle.

"Phil will always play for me and his attitude was spot on," Moyes said in the Liverpool Echo.

"He was rallying the troops in the dressing room, encouraging them. He was probably the loudest in the dressing room.

"It doesn't make any difference to him.

"But he knows his opportunity will come again and he'll be the first to acknowledge that Tony Hibbert has played well in a couple of games.

"Good players know their time will come and what they have to do when they get there."