England coach Lewington full of praise for Man Utd legend Neville

England No2 Ray Lewington says Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been a good addition to Roy Hodgson's backroom team.

England No2 Ray Lewington says Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been a good addition to Roy Hodgson's backroom team.

Lewington believes that honesty is an integral part of the character of Neville, who is also an important part of Hodgson’s coaching group.

“Gary has that insight. Neither of us knew him but we thought there was a need for someone — almost a go-between,” says Lewington to the London Evening Standard.

“We had seen what Gary had done on television and both of us had been impressed. He seemed to know what he was talking about.

Rapport: Lewington believes that Neville's relationship with the players is key to the team's success “Gary is as honest as you can get, sometimes to the point of bluntness. He has been terrific for Roy because he knows how the players are thinking — he has played in the same team as quite a few of them — but he is also a really dedicated football person. He works as hard as anyone in our group.

“He is relentless, his mind never stops and added to that, he tells you what he thinks and Roy likes that.

“Roy’s an intelligent guy. If you try to be clever, it wouldn’t work. He sees through people fairly quickly if they’re not totally honest with him.”

 
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