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England recruit Lewington

May 4, 2012
By ESPN staff

New England manager Roy Hodgson has made his first appointment to his back-room staff - bringing Fulham coach Ray Lewington in to assist at the European Championship.

Ray Lewington and Roy Hodgson enjoyed success in a spell at Fulham
GettyImagesRay Lewington and Roy Hodgson enjoyed success in a spell at Fulham

Lewington, who worked under Hodgson when the 64-year-old was manager at Craven Cottage, has vast coaching experience - including caretaker spells at both Fulham and Crystal Palace along with a three-year stint as Watford's manager that included runs to two cup semi-finals.

He will now assist Hodgson in preparing the Three Lions squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, after the west London club agreed to his release for the summer.

"I'm delighted that Fulham have agreed to Ray joining the England coaching staff for the summer. I know Ray well and enjoyed working with him at Craven Cottage," Hodgson said.

"He's a very good coach and the players will I'm sure enjoy working with him. We're currently finalising the rest of the coaching staff but it's great to have Ray confirmed. I'd like to thank Fulham for agreeing to this."