Fulham coach Ray Lewington is to work alongside new England manager Roy Hodgson during the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, the Football Association have confirmed.
Lewington, who played for Sheffield United in 1985-86 making 36 appearances, had been tipped to join former Craven Cottage boss Hodgson during the summer.
Now Fulham and the FA have agreed a deal for them to renew a working relationship they had at club level. A statement issued by the FA read: “The FA and Fulham Football Club can confirm that Ray Lewington will join Roy Hodgson’s England coaching staff at the end of the Premier League season to work with the team during the European Championship.”
Hodgson said: “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.
“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.”
Soccer: MUAMBA: I HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR NOW
Fabrice Muamba says his brush with death has left him fearless.
The 24-year-old needed 78 minutes of resuscitation after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch while playing for Bolton against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in March.
“I died, literally. I am alive,” he told The Times. “There is nothing now to be in fear of.”
The former England Under-21 international is continuing to make a remarkable recovery in defiance of predictions he was likely to suffer significant brain damage.
He continues to suffer from the after-effects of his ordeal, however.
“I’ve still got a long way to go with my memory and it frustrates me,” he said.
“Obviously my brain is not as it used to be because there are things missing.
“My memory is literally all over the place.
“I will talk to [fiancee] Shauna, ask her about someone. Five minutes later I’ll ask the same question.”