He retired from international after Euro 2004, at the age of 29, to focus on playing for his club and rejected an offer to come out of retirement from England manager Fabio Capello for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Neville also said that he did not regret
his own decision to retire
, after the Red Devils clinched a record 19th league title at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
"Obviously you'd love to be out there for the rest of your life, but I'm content with the decisions I've made," Neville reflected.
"I had no choice. My level of performance wasn't to the level and the standard these lads have achieved.
"You see the way in which Fabio and Rafael have developed and I was clogging things up.
"These lads are good enough to go and play and they're playing at a fantastic level now and are getting great experience.
"They're going to play in European Cup finals and that serves the club for the next 10 years.
"If I'd had been at that level I would have carried on believe me, I wouldn't have given it in for the world, but I wasn't at that level that they were at."
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