Gary Neville joins England manager Roy Hodgson’s backroom staff ahead of Euro 2012

By Barrie White – Sports News Editor

Former Manchester United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has joined new England boss Roy Hodgson’s backroom staff ahead of the Euros.

The 37-year-old, who retired midway through the 2010/11 season, will assist the former Liverpool and West Brom boss in Poland and Ukraine in what is to many a surprising, but welcomed move.

Neville, who holds UEFA A and B Coaching Licences, is impressing in his role as Sky’s chief pundit and co-commentator but has signed a four-year contract with The FA.

“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,” said Neville, who was capped 85 times.

“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”

The former right-back, who made his tournament debut at Euro 96, will join Ray Lewington and goalkeeper coaches Ray Clemence and Dave Watson in Hodgson’s coaching staff.

Hodgson, who was appointed to the role at the start of April, is delighted have Neville on board, and was rumoured to be targeting brother, and Everton captain, Phil.

He said: “Gary has achieved so much in the game as a player with Manchester United and England.

“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.”

Hodgson will name his 23-man squad for the Euros soon, with plenty of Manchester-based players expected to feature.

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