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NEW England coach Roy Hodgson has sprung a major surprise by appointing Gary Neville to his coaching team.
The former Manchester United defender has signed a four-year contract, which allows him to continue as a pundit for Sky Sports.
Neville will join Hodgson’s team immediately and will be with the England squad next week as they begin preparations for Euro 2012.
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.
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“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.”
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Neville confirmed his retirement from the game in February 2010, having played 602 times for United and made 85 England appearances.
The former right-back said: “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.”