By Matt Bullin

Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville has claimed that Tom Davies has what it takes to captain Everton.

Davies broke into the Toffees side late last season as a 17 -year-old, and has become a regular for them in the middle of the park since the turn of the year.

Now, aged just 18, Davies has made 18 appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side this season, scoring one goal and providing three assists.

Speaking on Sky Sports 1’s Nissan Super Sunday pre-match (Sunday 1pm), Neville said of Davies: “He’s a future Everton captain.

“I think he’s one of their best [young players] – because he’s got his feet on the ground. He’s a solid player – he’s got a massive future at the club.”

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Neville worked with Davies when he coached the England-Under 17s, whom Davies captained and made 18 appearances for.

Davies captained the young Three Lions at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Chile, where England failed to make it out of their group – finishing third behind South Korea and Brazil.

He has also represented England at Under-16 level and has eight appearances for the Under-19s.

Everton take on Leicester City this afternoon at Goodison and Davies is in line to start, after starting and impressing in the Toffees last two games versus Manchester United and Liverpool.

Neville, captained Everton for six years between 2007 and 2013, and made over 200 league appearances for the Toffees.

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