Gareth Southgate confirms appointment of Newcastle coach Graeme Jones as Allan Russell replacement for England

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England have added Newcastle coach Graeme Jones to their staff for the European Championship after Allan Russell left his role with the Three Lions.

Russell, 40, was involved in a traffic accident and admitted to allowing brother his brother Simon - who confessed to drink driving - to drive his car while uninsured in July last year in Oxfordshire.

The FA said Russell has "agreed to leave his post" before the tournament and have added Jones as a replacement, with manager Gareth Southgate thanking Newcastle boss Steve Bruce and managing director Lee Charnley for their help.

“We won’t make a like for like replacement in that sort or area but I’m disappointed for Allan and the situation that has occurred," said Southgate.

“But we are pleased to bring Graeme Jones in, who is obviously working with Newcastle at the moment.

"He has got fantastic experiences of working with Roberto Martinez as an assistant manager. So I am really pleased with Steve Holland, with Graeme and with Martyn Margetson in there, who has been to semi-finals with us and with Wales.

"We’ve got a really strong coaching team and we’re really looking forward to the challenge.”

Before joining Newcastle Jones gained vast experience as a coach working with Roberto Martinez at Swansea, Wigan, Everton and the Belgium national team as well as having a brief spell at Bournemouth from August last year before making the move back into the Premier League at St. James' Park.

"I need to thank Steve Bruce and Lee Charnley for their help with letting us work with Graeme," said Southgate. "They've been incredibly supportive and I'm very appreciative of that."

Russell's role within the England setup saw him work with the strikers, though Jones will have a broader role within the coaching staff which also includes assistant manager Steve Holland, Chris Powell and goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson, who has experience with Wales at international level.

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