Hibbert wouldn't be out of place with England - Moyes

Last updated at 08:58 30 August 2005

Everton boss David Moyes believes right back Tony Hibbert is England quality despite being overlooked by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Eriksson has been looking to replace the injured Gary Neville for England's World Cup games with Wales and Northern Ireland.

Moyes said: "I know the games are important now, it is not as if there are friendlies for a player to bed in, but I don't think Tony Hibbert would have been out of place if he had been given an opportunity. And maybe stepping up to that level will help him as well."

But while Everton's number one choice at right back is not in the England fold this week, the Goodison Park chief believes there could still be a Toffee filling the gap left by Gary Neville's absence.

Moyes added: "I think Phil Neville can fill that role at right-back for England."

Everton clinch Valente

Everton have wrapped up the £1.5million signing of Portuguese international defender Nuno Valente.

The 30-year-old left full-back completed a move from Porto after undergoing a medical at Bellefield.

Everton boss David Moyes made his move following the news that Alessandro Pistone is facing six months on the sidelines.

With Gary Naysmith also out injured Valente looks set to make his debut when the Premiership resumes in two weeks after the international break.

Valente, who has 18 international caps, will link up with Portugal for their World Cup double-header with Russia and Luxembourg.

His arrival follows the signing of Italian international Matteo Ferrari on a season-long loan from Roma on Friday and Dutch international Andy Van der Meyde has been on Merseyside undergoing a medical with a view to a move from Inter Milan ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline.

Valente represented his country at Euro 2004 and was a member of the Porto squad that won the 2004 Champions League and Intercontinental Cup (World Club Championship).

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