Neville won’t call shots for England

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Gary Neville will not be “calling the shots” when he starts work alongside new England manager Roy Hodgson on the training pitch today, according to former team-mate Roy Keane.

Ex-Manchester United defender Neville has become part of Hodgson’s backroom staff ahead of Euro 2012, penning a four-year deal.

The 37-year-old, capped 85 times for England, became the Red Devils skipper following Keane’s departure from Old Trafford in 2005, going on to lift the Premier League twice.

Keane, 40, feels his old team-mate will take to a coaching role, but on very much of a steep learning curve.

“It is important you are yourself. Gary can talk bit, but don’t think for one minute he was as influential in the dressing room as people might think he was,” said former Republic of Ireland midfielder Keane.

“Gary would say his piece, but he wasn’t running the show, far from it so don’t think for one minute he will be going into England and calling the shots.

“He will be learning his trade and being a link between the manager and the players and I think he will be good at that.”

Keane added: “It is a good appointment, but let’s see how it pans out.

“Just like with anyone who is appointed to any job, only time will tell.”

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Roy Hodgson will assess the fitness of key midfielder Scott Parker when the England squad assembles later today to launch their preparations for Euro 2012.

Parker, who skippered his country against Holland in February, was troubled by an Achilles injury during the latter part of the domestic campaign with Tottenham.

He will be checked by the England medical team when reporting with the other players at their Manchester base.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp cast doubts last week over whether Parker would be fit for the Euros.

Hodgson was more confident about his chances when he announced his squad a week ago but will not make a final decision until May 29 - the date the final Euro squad needs to be submitted.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is on stand-by should Parker be ruled out.

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly will join the England squad today as additional cover for the friendly in Norway. Kelly, who has been capped for his country at Under-21 level, will return to his club after the game in Oslo.

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Didier Drogba maintains next season will see the best of Fernando Torres at Chelsea as the Ivory Coast striker prepares for life after Stamford Bridge.

The 34-year-old yesterday announced he was leaving the club whom he helped win the Champions League in Munich to bring the curtain down on a trophy-laden spell in west London.

Drogba - signed from Marseille for £24million in 2004 - is now expected to join up with former Blues team-mate Nicolas Anelka at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in a lucrative free transfer.