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Rio Ferdinand: Will he or won’t he?

Mar 17, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT


It has been said that managing the England national team is ‘an impossible job’ and after watching this fascinating show, you will probably agree with me.

Roy Hodgson, the current incumbent certainly knows what former manager, Graham Taylor went through as he deals with his own problems concerning the recall to the squad of Rio Ferdinand.

On Friday I wrote a piece entitled ‘footballing reasons‘ that attempted to make sense of the situation however 2 days is a lifetime in football.

Ferdinand’s manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson chucked an unexpected wrench in the works by hinting that his centerback had not been sounded out by Hodgson for a recall and that maintaining his fitness for the Red Devils was priority number one.

Ferguson said on Friday: “The issue is not that [the amount of games], the issue is his whole preparation for football today. It involves treatment, it involves rest, it involves heavy days followed by some light days followed by some easy days.

Then yesterday when asked if Ferdinand would be in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers versus San MArino and Montenegro, he told ESPN: “Yes.

Poor Roy Hodgson, he extends the olive branch, has it snapped and then handed back to him.

It has been said before that Sir Alex Ferguson has an unhealthy influence on the selection of players to national teams with the English set up being hit particularly hard by the Scotsman over the years. What do you say?

  1. unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Every coach with a potential national team player has a say, and the bigger the club, the bigger the say.

  2. bellerophon30 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    I agree with unclemosesgreen, Alex Ferguson’s priority is to with the EPL, and to do that he needs Rio Ferdinand to be healthy enough to play 30 league games. I’m sure, as a resident of England for the last 26 years, that he wouldn’t mind if England did well internationally… long as it doesn’t screw up the health of his players (Rooney, Young, Welbeck, Rio) in doing so.

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