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BECKHAM BACKS NEVILLE

Former England midfielder David Beckham has said that he is extremely happy with the appointment of Manchester United defender Gary Neville as part of the coaching staff at the Euro 2012 with the England squad.

Manchester United defender Gary Neville recently announced his retirement from the game and has been doing punditry work since then. The coaching role within the England setup is the first major job he has taken up and David Beckham has said that he is extremely happy for his former teammate. The LA Galaxy star has also said that it is an intelligent decision by England manager Roy Hodgson.

Roy Hodgson has created a storm in England after leaving out Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. Even though many suspect that it is due to the John Terry issue, Roy Hodgson has played down such suggestions. Former United defender Gary Neville, though, has been included as a coaching staff.

This is a very intelligent decision according to David Beckham, who has seen no one of the ability of Gary Neville to replace him in the England setup. Ever since Neville's retirement, the right back position has been occupied by the likes of Glen Johnson and Micah Richards with no particular dominance from either of them.

"I think it's great. Gary has knowledge throughout the game. He's been in big tournaments, he's played for England for many years. It's a very clever thing but it's also great for the players and the manager. To have someone with his knowledge as well as Roy's knowledge. It's a very clever thing to do. I wish Gary the best of luck. Gary's always been very vocal about many things. Let's hope we go out there and we're successful. It's a new team, young players,” said Beckham after the decision on Gary Neville.