Gareth Southgate reveals why Newcastle United coach Graeme Jones will join England's coaching team for Euro 2020

Newcastle United assistant coach Graeme Jones will join up with the England national team ahead of Euro 2020.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate confirmed Jones is to join his coaching staff following the departure of striker coach Allan Russell.

Steve Bruce added Jones to his Magpies backroom team in January after results began to dip over the festive period and into late January.

Indeed, the 51-year-old has been highly praised for his role behind the scenes – which included a change in formation – as United surged towards Premier League safety.

Newcastle United assistant coach Graeme Jones will join England's coaching staff for EURO2020. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Gateshead-born coach has previous experience at international level having worked alongside Roberto Martinez with Belgium at the World Cup in 2018

On his appointment, Southgate said: “We won’t have a like for like replacement in that specific area of work, I’m disappointed for Allan and for us that situation has occurred.

"We’re really pleased to be able to bring Graeme Jones in who is obviously working with Newcastle at the moment.

"I’ve known Graeme quite a while – he’s got fantastic experiences of tournament football of course with Belgium and Roberto Martinez.

"He’s got great experiences as an assistant manager and manager, so I’m really pleased that with Steve Holland and Graeme, Martyn Margetson – who has been to semi-finals with us and Wales – and with Chris Powell that we’ve got a really strong coaching team.

"We’re really looking forward to that challenge.”

Jones will start work this weekend as England start their preparations for the tournament with a friendly against Austria on Wednesday.

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