Rio Ferdinand criticises Roy Hodgson's subs; bemoans lack of pace

England were left disappointed as their opening game of Euro 2016 against Russia ended in a 1-1 draw.

Rio FerdinandRio Ferdinand criticised Roy Hodgson for his substitutions last night

Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has taken to social media networking site Twitter to criticise Roy Hodgson's use of substitutions last night, as he bemoaned the lack of pace in the side.

Ferdinand has a wealth of experience with the England national team after racking up 81 caps for the Three Lions, and he took to Twitter this morning to highlight what he thinks were obvious mistakes from the management: 


Ferdinand makes complete sense. How a man who has been in the game as long as Hodgson could not see that the game was crying out for pace is beyond comprehension.

The Russian defence is the oldest in the tournament, and with 15 minutes remaining they were visibly tiring. The introduction of Vardy would not only have stretched Russia's back-line further, but it would have also prevented them from pressing England higher up the pitch because of the threat of the Leicester City man running in behind their defence on the counter-attack.

Instead, Hodgson, blinded by his archaic philosophies, decided to bring on James Milner for Raheem Sterling, who, despite his overall poor performance, was England's only outlet with any kind of pace.

Hopefully Hodgson will learn from his mistakes, rather than hide behind the fact England performed admirably.

England head coach Roy Hodgson Roy Hodgson was disappointed with England's 1-1 draw last night

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