Neville said: “It was always going to be really tough to leave Manchester United because I’m a fan and I loved playing there.
“But I left at the right time and have taken my game on to a new level. The gaffer has been a big part of that because he has given me far more responsibility than I had at United.
“I was always looked on as a kid breaking through – now I’m seen as one of our most experienced players. Davie made me captain after three games. That gave me a huge lift. I’m vice skipper this season but because Davie Weir hasn’t been playing I’ve taken over for every match.
“It has brought extra pressure but I’ve enjoyed it. It has made a massive difference to my game. I’ve also been playing my favoured position in the holding midfield role and I’m loving it.
“I was disappointed when I wasn’t chosen for the World Cup squad but the gaffer phoned me straight away and lifted me again. Despite the setback he just said to keep my head up and get right back on to the training ground at Everton.
“He told me to get right back into it and make sure I force myself into the England set-up again. I’ve done that so he has been a big influence.”