GARETH SOUTHGATE has added Newcastle United assistant manager Graeme Jones to his England coaching staff for this summer's European Championships.

Jones' appointment has come in the wake of former England striker coach Alan Russell’s departure from his role earlier this month after his involvement in a serious car accident that resulted in a legal case.

Jones will be part of England’s backroom team for next week’s warm-up games at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium, and will also be working with the squad during the Euros, having made a positive impression since joining Steve Bruce’s coaching set-up at Newcastle in January.

“We’re pleased to be able to bring Graeme Jones in, who is obviously working with Newcastle at the moment,” said Southgate.

“I’ve known Graeme quite a while, and he’s got fantastic experience of tournament football with Belgium with Roberto Martinez.

“He’s got great experience as an assistant manager and a manager, so I’m really pleased that we’ve got a really strong coaching team.

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