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Rio Situation Explained

It`s hard to see Rio Ferdinand coming back onto the international scene after not making Roy Hodgson`s party of 23 for the Euro 2012 Finals in Poland and the Ukraine.

Omitted yesterday, speculation, as we suspected it might be, is rife in the tabloid press this morning that the comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson, relating to Rio`s suitability to play every four days may well have influenced the new England boss.

However, discussing the situation and also explaining why Rio wasn`t chosen, Roy Hodgson had this to say at his press conference yesterday lunchtime, commenting,

"I had a private conversation with Sir Alex 10 days ago. Rio has done exceptionally well this year. He`s played a lot of matches through injury."

"He`s got himself on the field of play when many a player would not have done so."

"Rio took the decision well. He said '"He was obviously disappointed. I`d be surprised had he not been."

"He was very gracious and wished myself and the team the very best of luck in the tournament."

As for Rio, he`s remained gracious and has used his Twitter account to give an insight into how he feels about probably calling time on his England career, tweeting,

"Absolutely loved playing for England. To say I`m gutted is an understatement of the highest order."

Something tells me there could be further fall-out from this affair. How about you?

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 17 2012

Time: 2:42PM

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Don't get why Rio not going needs to all be explained, really do not understand all the fuss. Hodgson has to pick 23 players and he has done it, do not care about any racism rubbish, you pick your best team, Terry and Cahill are the best partnership at the back...If Rio went to Euros people would be moaning about not going with 'youth' and taking the same old failures. The future for England is about putting together a squad for the next World Cup, that should include, Cahill, Walker, Chamberlain, Walcott, Rooney etc and not Ferdinand...Correct decision made by Hodgson.
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17/05/2012 14:52:00

P.Avfc, if that's the case what are Terry, Gerrard and Lampard spin in the squad? No sympathy for Camelgob btw.
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17/05/2012 15:11:00

Bluedub it's still vital you have 'some' experience in the squad...Like i said, i believe Terry and Cahill is the best centre back partnership we can hope for so Terry is important. Gerrard is the captain, and still a big influence in the midfield...Lampard, i haven't commented on because i would not have taken him, Wilshere isn't fit though and i feel he would of had his place. No point taking Ferdinand mate when you have the likes of Jones, Smalling, Jagielka and Lescott who will be around for much longer...Like i said, build a squad for the next World Cup, include a few players with experience aka Gerrard and Terry. I would of left Ferdinand and Lampard in England.
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17/05/2012 18:52:00

Wot no article relating to this?

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18/05/2012 08:51:00

Fair enough P, it's all opinions. I personally think Terry has proved this year that he's past it. The little bit of pace he had has completely gone. He's going to be shown up in the Euros.
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18/05/2012 09:49:00

Terry is past it and Ive got to agree Bluedub I think he'll be shown up severely and embarrassed like he was v Germany. That said I also think it was the right decision to not take Ferdinand, he would play a game every four days if asked but there's nothing wrong in admitting he just hasn't got the legs for it. Personally think England should look to the future a bit more and go for an experienced, in their prime and solid CB pairing of Jagielka and Lescott and based on form, Baines at LB and, if he were selected (which he wrongly wasnt), Richards at RB.
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18/05/2012 19:39:00

Not sorry Rio not in squad but I'd have left Terry at home as well
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