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Neville ignores Suarez in PFA selections

April 15, 2013
By ESPN staff

Everton captain Phil Neville has delivered a snub to Liverpool's Footballer of the Year candidate Luis Suarez by not even nominating the striker for a place in the PFA Team of the Season.

Phil Neville and Luis Suarez
GettyImagesPhil Neville preferred Robin van Persie and Michu to Luis Suarez

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Suarez is the Premier League's top scorer with 22 goals, has struck 29 times in all competitions and is one of the favourites for the individual award, along with Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Manchester United's Robin van Persie.

But former United player Neville, who named Van Persie as his player of the year, selected Swansea's Michu ahead of Suarez when selecting his side of the season.

Footballers are not permitted to vote for their team-mates so Neville could not choose the likes of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.

He opted for four United players - Van Persie, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick - two from Manchester City - Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure - plus West Bromwich Albion's Ben Foster, Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen, Arsenal's Santi Cazorla, Bale and Michu.

Suarez is a controversial figure at Goodison Park with Everton believing he should have been sent off in October's derby for challenges on Kevin Mirallas and Sylvain Distin.