By Patrick Moore

There’s a former Huddersfield Town man aiming to play a key part tonight in helping England reach the knockout stages of Euro 2016.

Dave Watson – who was Town goalkeeping coach under Mick Wadsworth in 2002-03 – now does the same job for England and is tasked with having Joe Hart and Co in tip-top shape to face Slovakia in St Etienne.

Watson has also worked with Oldham Athletic, Northampton Town and Nottingham Forest before moving to Norwich City with Chris Houghton in 2012, and Southampton under Ronald Koeman in 2014.

The 42 year old, appointed by Roy Hodgson to the England job prior to the European Championships in 2012, is a very highly regarded coach within the game.

He made more than 200 appearances in all competitions for his home-town club Barnsley in his playing days, and represented England in the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship, where they finished in third place.

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Watson suffered a knee injury in 1998 and was forced to retire at the age of 28 in 2001.

The ex-England Under 21 goalkeeper has since made a name for himself as a goalkeeping coach and was praised for Joe Hart’s breakthrough season with Birmingham City in the 2009/10 season.

Alongside Martyn Margetson (Wales) and Seamus McDonagh (Republic of Ireland), Watson is one of three former Town players or coaches working as head goalkeeping coaches at the championships in France.

McDonagh had a loan spell with the Terriers in 1987. After retiring in 1994, McDonagh has coached with numerous clubs including Leicester City, Aston Villa and Hull City.

He was also taken to Sunderland during Martin O’Neill’s reign, and O’Neill took him to the Irish camp in November 2013.

Margetson joined Huddersfield in 1999 and made 48 appearances up to 2002, including playing every minute in the 2001/02 season as they made the play-offs.