Has any England manager got a decision more wrong than the series of cock-ups associated with Roy Hodgson’s exemption and subsequent recall of Rio Ferdinand within the England squad? For that matter, he actually seems to be getting away with it in the press!
His initial ommision of Ferdinand, predicated on the basis that he cannot play more than a game a week – take note of Rafa Bentiez’ recent comments on John Terry and his fitness - have since been proved correct given the Manchester United defender’s current, and probably last, self-imposed withdrawal from the England squad.
One might think, as described by Phil McNulty from the BBC, that Roy would have picked up the phone to discuss his recall with a player of Ferdinand’s experience and stature within the game.
Alas not, and that decision has probably meant that Roy will have little choice but to exclude him from future squads and avoid getting his fingers burnt again.
This very fact, robbing England of probably their most influential and (still!) best centre-half is a sorry reflection of Hodgson’s shortcomings in man-management, and, leaves England with very sparse pickings at the back – with the inconsistent Cahill, inexperienced Caulker, incompetent Lescott and probably-better-off-at right back Smalling providing the base for which the team to build.
Albeit, we do have the plodding Dawson in reserve. Oh no he's pulled out too.
Please Roy, try and avoid the tube this time.
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