Monday 14 May 2012
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has accepted a coaching role with the England team under new manager Roy Hodgson.
Neville, who holds his Uefa A and B coaching licences, has signed a four-year deal as coach and joins Ray Lewington and goalkeeping coaches Ray Clemence and Dave Watson on Hodgson's staff for Euro 2012 this summer.
The 37-year-old made 397 Premier League appaearances for Manchester United and won eight League titles before retiring from the game at the end of the 2010-11 season.
He played 85 times for England and played in three European Championships and two World Cups, reaching the semi-finals at Euro 96.
"It is not only an honour but a very special moment for me"
- Gary Neville
Hodgson said: "Gary has achieved so much in the game as a player with Manchester United and England.
"He has obtained UEFA coaching qualifications and will be tremendously respected by the players because of his vast experience as a player.
"At my first meeting with The FA, I explained that Gary was someone I wanted as part of my staff. I think it is very important we have a younger coach who knows the dressing room and is very experienced at international level.
"That he has represented England as a player at five major finals tournaments will make him an invaluable member of staff."
Neville, who has been a pundit for Sky Sports this season, added: "Roy asking me to be a part of his staff and to work with the national team is not only an honour but a very special moment for me.
"I had absolutely no hesitation in accepting this role and I am relishing the opportunity to work alongside Roy and the team at the Euros and through to the next two tournaments."