Former Manchester United player Gary Neville joins England's coaching staff 



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Neville (pictured) in the Sky Sports Monday Night Football studio has received rave reviews for his incisive punditry during the season


Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has joined up with new England manager Roy Hodgson to become a member of his coaching staff as Euro 2012 edges nearer. 

The 37-year old ex-full back has signed a four-year contract with the Football Association and will begin work immediately as preparations are finalised for the country's participation in the summer tournament in Poland and Ukraine. 

Neville 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. I am relishing the chance to work with the team and the rest of the guys at the Euros." 

Gary made 85 appearances for England during his playing career and represented his country at Euro 1996, Euro 2000, Euro 2004, World Cup 1998 and World Cup 2006. He captained his only club United and won every domestic honour in the game before adding the Champions League in 1999. He retired in February 2011 having played only four times during the first half of the season making his final appearance in a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on New Years Day. 

After ending his playing days during the 2010-11 season, he became a pundit with Sky Sports where he has covered many roles including co-commentator and has been praised for his excellent analysis. 

Roy Hodgson commented on the addition of Neville to his backroom staff: "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 tournaments will make him an invaluable member of staff."

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Gary Neville Factfile:-

  • 1975: Born on 18th February in Bury, South Manchester
  • 1992: Wins FA Youth Cup in a two-legged final with Crystal Palace. The United team also included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
  • 1995: Makes England debut against Japan at age of 20 in an Umbro tournament at Wembley Stadium on 3rd June.
  • 1996: Establishes himself as a regular choice at right-back in England team at Euro 1996 but misses semi-final defeat by Germany.
  • 1998: Regular in Glenn Hoddle's side for World Cup in France 1998
  • 2000: Wins his fourth championship medal for Manchester United and makes his 250th first-team appearance for the club.
  • 2002: Makes 50th England appearance in a 1-1 draw against Netherlands in Holland in February.
  • 2004: Ever-present member of the England Euro 2004 squad beaten in the quarter-finals by hosts Portugal on penalties.
  • 2009: Handed a surprise recall to the England squad by Fabio Capello for World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra on May 24th.
  • 2011: Announces his retirement from football having made 602 appearances for United in February after knee injury trouble.
  • 2011: Becomes Sky Sports pundit
  • 2012: Appointed as an England coach on May 14th by Roy Hodgson.

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