Video: Neville backs decision to give England break in schedule

Gary Neville praises Roy Hodgson's decision to give his England players a break after a long season ahead of Euro 2012

Gary Neville has praised Roy Hodgson’s decision to give his England players a substantial break ahead of Euro 2012.

Former England defender Neville, who was appointed to Hodgson’s backroom staff earlier this month, believes the former West Brom manager’s choice to give his side 14 days off between the end of the season and the tournament in Poland and Ukraine is “brave” but should be commended.

“One thing that Roy Hodgson has done – it’s to be commended and no manager has ever done it – is given the players a longer break at the end of the season than any manager has ever given them,” Neville said.

“That’s being respectful of the fact that they need a break at the end of a long season. They’ve had 10 days’ minimum, some of them. To have two weeks’ rest is something that is to be commended and something that’s brave.

“He’s an experienced manager who has taken teams to tournaments before and understands the fact that you need to rest players.

“You can’t just keep grinding them into the floor, training them every single day. And some people do that.”

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