Phil Neville lauds brother Gary's England appointment

The Everton captain has saluted the decision to add the Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United defender to the Three Lions’ coaching team ahead of Euro 2012
Former England international Phil Neville has hailed the appointment of his brother Gary to Roy Hodgson's coaching staff as a "masterstroke".

The 37-year-old has earned plaudits for his punditry work with Sky Sports this season and will take up his new role at Euro 2012 after signing a four-year contract with the Three Lions.

And Everton captain Phil believes that his brother’s international experience will be invaluable for England ahead of this summer’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

"He is someone who has played in five major tournaments, played nearly 90 times for England and someone who has played with nearly all the players - but he has had a year away from them, which gives that distance,” the 35-year-old told BBC Radio Five Live's 'Sportsweek' programme. "He is well respected and the year he has had on the telly has won a lot of people over. He has had success in the Premiership, he has won titles and the Champions League.”

Neville also cited the honesty of his older sibling as a reason why he will prove a success under Hodgson’s new regime.

"Let me tell you one thing about Gary: Whatever he says on TV, he would be prepared to say to a players' face in the changing room," he added. Gary will be honest. He has so much enthusiasm for wanting England to do better."

The Toffees skipper also feels that the former West Brom boss made the right decision in not taking both of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry to this summer’s tournament, leaving the United man behind.

"To take both of them probably would have been the wrong decision looking forward to the next major championships," he continued. We are in a state of transition at the moment. We are all hoping we can improve this England team and get better results. What probably went in John Terry's favour was that he has been a regular for England in the last year."

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