BARNSLEY FC: Hodgson hands “well respected” Watson England coaching role

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Former Barnsley goalkeeper Dave Watson has received a call to join England as a goalkeeping coach.

New England manager Roy Hodgson has made the 38-year-old the second appointment to his backroom staff ahead of Euro 2012.

Watson, aged 38, from Barnsley, has established an excellent reputation as a goalkeeping coach, which he concentrated on after a knee injury forced him to quit his playing career with the Reds.

At Oakwell from being a youngster, he made over 200 appearances, including winning promotion to the Premier League in 1997 and gaining England Under-21 honours.

He injured his knee the following year and, after a long fight, finally had to quit three years later.

He became a goalkeeping coach, working at several clubs, latterly at Birmingham where he worked with current England No 1 Joe Hart.

He has recenty been working there with Ben Foster, who Hodgson wants to persuade to rethink his decision to quit international football, while the Birmingham No 2 goalie is England U-21 Jack Butland.

“Dave is highly rated and well respected by goalkeepers who have worked with him, importantly Joe Hart,” said Hodgson.

“I’m delighted to have him as part of the staff.”

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