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Monday 14 May 2012

Neville takes up England coaching role

Former Manchester United defender joins Roy Hodgson's backroom staff

Gary Neville won the Premier League eight times during his Manchester United career

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."

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Key Points

  • Gary Neville has signed a four-year contract with the Football Association
  • Ex-Man Utd defender will be a coach under new England manager Roy Hodgson
  • He played in five major tournaments with England