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

The 37-year-old former England defender has worked as a TV commentator since retiring in 2011 but holds UEFA coaching qualifications and 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, making 85 England appearances along the way and playing 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.