Ray Lewington takes England coaching role on permanent basis

Gary Neville, Ray Lewington, Roy Hodgson

Ray Lewington has joined England's coaching staff on a permanent basis after signing a four-year contract.

Lewington, 55, worked alongside manager Roy Hodgson at Euro 2012 and has agreed to take on the role full-time.

The former Watford boss had been set to return to his coaching position at Fulham, where he was Hodgson's assistant for three years.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I simply couldn't turn down," said Lewington.

"I really enjoyed the experience at the Euros this summer and am looking forward to spending more time with the squad as we look to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil."

Hodgson invited Lewington to join England's coaching staff along with Gary Neville, who is also on a four-year contract, and they will remain in the backroom team during the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins away to Moldova on 7 September.

Firstly, England have a friendly on 15 August against Italy, who knocked Hodgson's side out of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.