Phil Neville backs Manchester City export Jack Rodwell to shine at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light

There is light at the end of a dark tunnel for Jack Rodwell after the former Manchester City outcast put pen to paper at Sunderland.

After just 26 appearances for City following his 2012 move from Everton, where he played 85 games as a teenager, Rodwell’s career appeared to be heading the wrong way.

Now the 23-year-old is primed to make his way back into the England squad, says former Everton teammate and Manchester United legend Phil Neville.


Rodwell stopped short of getting as carried away by the move as Neville but was happy for a chance to reinvigorate his stalling playing days.

“I met up with the head coach and all the people involved with the club. They told me about the club and their vision and it swayed me,” he said after signing a five-year-deal.

“It’s such a good club with passionate fans and I can’t wait to get on board. This is a great place for me to be.”

Sunderland miraculously avoided the drop last season and by not boasting one of the top squads in the Premier League, Rodwell could be given free reign to leave an impression on other managers including England boss Roy Hodgson.

Rodwell has played three times for England having made his debut against Spain in 2011, his last cap coming against Brazil in June 2013.

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