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DIXON BACKS NEVILLE FOR W'CUP

By NBF NEWS
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Former England defender Lee Dixon believes Manchester United captain Gary Neville could have a role to play at the World Cup this summer.

Right-back Neville won his 85th cap against Spain in February 2007 but has not played for the national team since after being dogged by a series of injuries.

But the 35-year-old has featured in the majority of United's matches this year and Dixon, who represented England 22 times at right-back, would not be surprised to see him earn a recall.

He said, 'He's definitely in with a chance. Right-back's a problem because of Glen Johnson's injury and also left-back as well.

'Two or three months ago you'd say no but he's got back in the side, he's played some important games and certainly, from an experience point of view, he'd be invaluable in the dressing room and on the training ground.'

'I don't know whether he's in (England coach Fabio) Capello's thoughts but if he was to go then obviously Capello's seen the same sort of things (United boss) Sir Alex Ferguson sees week in, week out.'