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Footballing Reasons

Mar 14, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

England football veteran defender Rio Fe Getty Images

If you heard choking and spluttering this morning it could be the sound of England manager, Roy Hodgson trying to force down a huge slice of humble pie.

With World Cup qualifiers just around the corner against powerhouse San Marino and the ever dangerous Montenegro, Hodgson has realized he’s as threadbare as a Vegas casino carpet at the center back position forcing him to recall, Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand.

The United defender has been on the outside looking in since Hodgson took over the reins of the national team for ‘footballing reasons.’ Hodgson had claimed that Rio could not cope with the demands of an international tournament as injuries increasingly had taken a toll on the man widely regarded as one of the best in the world at his position. Well, that was the public position.

In private though, the reasons given for his omission were Ferdinand’s utter disdain with Chelsea and former defensive partner, John Terry.

Unless you live in a cave, you’ll be aware of JT and his mouth. He verbally and racially abused Rio’s brother, Anton who was then playing for QPR. This happened when? October 2011. Rio last featured for the Three Lions when? June 2011, when he got a run versus Switzerland. Coincidence?

With Terry officially retired from the England team, the door has magically opened up for Ferdinand who just happens to be in superb form for his club.

Footballing reasons eh!

  1. dfstell - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I agree that Rio would have a hard time playing every game in a tournament setting, but the guy is clearly going to be helpful when it comes to qualifying. That’s the thing: Just because a guy is on the qualifying roster doesn’t mean that he’s a lock for the WC roster as an every-match starter.

  2. carefreejt - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Rio’s mouth is just as “well-known” as Terry. racist comments included.
    guy has a quite a reputation. ..Terrys issues pounced on by media
    Rio’s- swept under the rug
    stay classy, rio…ya know like ya did last weekend with an unneeded shove on torres this weekend.
    oh, and the FA w no charge, shocking

  3. carefreejt - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    oh and Anton is his brother…and Rio racially abused Ashley cole..ya know if you wanna report the whole story

  4. schmutzdeck - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Leading up to the Euros Terry was much the better center half.

    So Hodgson took care of his starter. Ferdinand wasn’t going to be happy as a back up and was a potential club house cancer. It doesn’t look like Hodgson had much to think about.

    If Rio wanted to be on that England squad, he could have shut up and accepted his role, been a good soldier and all that but he didn’t and that was his choice.

    Terry is a jerk but he doesn’t have a monopoly on that when it comes to the England squad.
    It seems there are very few on that team that you’d want your sister or daughter involved with for any reason.

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