Gary Neville has been appointed to England’s coaching staff by new manager Roy Hodgson.
The former Manchester United right back has signed a four year deal with England and is the first back room member to sign a deal that lasts longer than Euro 2012.
Hodgson revealed in his first meeting with the FA that he wanted Neville as part of his back room team. The 37 year-old said he had ”no hesitation” in accepting the role and will start his new job immediately. He holds UEFA ‘A’ and ‘B’ licences.
Neville won 85 caps for England and played at five major tournaments from Euro ’96 to World Cup 2006 in Germany.
Neville played 602 times for Manchester United. There he won 8 Premier League titles, the Champions League, 3 FA Cups, 2 League Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup.
In the longer term, Neville will be working alongside players at the new National Football Center at St. George’s Park, based at Burton on Trent. Neville has signed a four year contract. Raw Lewington and goalkeeping coach Dave Watson have been brought in until the end of Euro 2012.
Gary Neville has said he will continue his role as a football analyst with Sky Sports News, a role for which he has won widespread acclaim.
Roy Hodgson will name his 23 man squad for Euro 2012 on Wednesday. They then head to Spain for a four day pre tournament training camp next Monday. They then have two friendlies (against Norway away on 26th May and Belgium at home on 2nd June). Their Euro 2012 campaign kicks off on 11th June against France in Donetsk.
If England win their group and the Republic of Ireland are runners-up in theirs, then Ireland will face England in the quarter finals.