English national team manager Roy Hodgson has hired former Manchester United captain Gary Neville as an assistant coach.

The 37-year-old retired defender has worked as a television commentator since retiring in 2011. He has signed a four-year contract with the Football Association.

Neville won eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League with United. He made English national team appearances and played for his country at five major tournaments.

Hodgson says ''at my first meeting with The FA, I explained that Gary was someone I wanted as part of my staff.''

Neville joins Ray Lewington, Ray Clemence and Dave Watson in Hodgson's staff for the European Championship.