The Football Association has confirmed that Vauxhall Motors will become the England national team’s lead sponsor.

The three-and-a-half-year agreement will cover the 2012 European Championships and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, should England qualify.

The car marque replaces Nationwide, which ended its 11-year backing in July in the wake of England’s exit from the World Cup in South Africa.

Vauxhall will have their name emblazoned on the European Championship and World Cup Kits that the players train in, but won't actually feature on the three-lions shirt.