Rio Ferdinand Axed By Roy Hodgson
Long serving Manchester United stalwart Rio Ferdinand is facing the end of his long and distinguished international career. After representing the country of his birth on 81 occasions, the seasoned central defender has been axed from the 2012 European Championships squad by newly appointed Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson.
Roy Hodgson: “The football reasons are quite simple. I wanted seven back players: Three centre backs, with Phil Jones in the squad, especially when Kyle Walker was no longer a possibility, because Jones can play right back or centre half and I have been impressed with him. So I decided on my three centre backs and Rio Ferdinand wasn’t one of them. I admire Ferdinand, but as a manager you have to make decisions sometimes. I will stand by that and hope that the players that I have chosen, will not let me down.”