Don’t want to be asked about Rio Ferdinand? Then explain his absence, Roy… 0

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The Premier League Owl

The Premier League Owl

Roy Hodgson finds answering questions about Rio Ferdinand irritating; he’s made that very clear in the aftermath of England’s win over Brazil on Wednesday night:

“It seems to me all I ever do is answer questions about Rio.

I am not prepared, every time we play, to keep revisiting something which I have revisited at every single press conference for the last 10 months.

I don’t know how many more times I have to say it. You can write what you want to write.”


Help us to help you here, Roy - there’s a really easy way to make all of this go away: clarify the reasons for not picking Rio Ferdinand.

Ferdinand is an integral part of the side who are leading the Premier League at the moment, and who will almost certainly be crowned Champions in May. While we all understand that he is no longer 25, the philosophy through the rest of the squad (Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry) would seem to be that as long as a player is performing to a high level, then his age is an irrelevance.

Hodgson is continually asked about this issue, because he’s always refused to address it beyond mutterings about ‘footballing reasons’. If the issue behind his exclusion is not in any way controversial, then what would be the problem with vocalising it - either to the press or to the player himself?

Chris Smalling has a very bright future ahead of him, but there’s a reason he can’t dislodge Ferdinand from the Manchester United side - and let’s not pretend that Gary Cahill is in any danger of growing into Fabio Cannavaro.

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