By Alex Taylor

Everton legend Phil Neville has questioned the integrity of the England dressing room after a private message from Sam Allardyce to his players reached the media.

Allardyce, 61, was sacked from his position as England manager this week after an undercover investigation into corruption in football.

The former West Ham boss had sent out motivational postcards to his England squad on the same day as his dismissal.

The message which included the phrases ‘The Journey Has Begun’ and ‘Looking forward to seeing you soon’ quickly made its way onto the back pages.

Neville seemed frustrated at the leak. He tweeted: “How’s the message big Sam sent to England players ended up in the papers? Not good.”

Allardyce succeeded Roy Hodgson in July following England’s disastrous performance at Euro 2016 in France and became the national side’s shortest-serving full-time manager, lasting just 67 days in charge.

Neville never played under the former England manager but won 59 England caps between 1996-2007 while playing for Manchester United and the Toffees.

Current Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes the FA were right to sack Allardyce from the England job.

Koeman, alongside other top-flight managers, had expressed sympathy for Allardyce but must now return his thoughts to the Blues Premier League campaign.

Everton welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park on Friday evening knowing that a win would take them up to second in the table.

In other Everton news, Paul Merson believes there is “not much between” Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke ahead of the Blue’s clash with Crystal Palace on Friday night.