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Sir Alex Ferguson Shows His Influence Again Over Rio Ferdinand Saga: The Nightly EPL

Either Rio Ferdinand is fit enough to play for England, or he isn’t. And judging by Ferdinand’s decision today to pull out of the England squad because he’s unprepared for England’s fitness and medical program, then what on earth is Ferdinand wanting to play for England again if his body isn’t fit enough to play two games for England over a fortnight?

“The issue is not that [the amount of games], the issue is his whole preparation for football today,” said Ferguson. “Because he hasn’t been playing international football when the international breaks have come along we have detailed all the things he has to do: when he trains, when his treatments come along. Therefore it is a disruption to his normal preparation.”

If it’s a disruption to his normal preparation of a one-on-one tailored physical program, maybe it’d be wise for Ferdinand to retire from international duty. What would happen, for example, if Ferdinand was selected for the 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil? It’s time for Ferdinand and Ferguson to say no more England matches, so younger players such as Steven Caulker can slot in to the team on a regular basis instead.

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  1. Scrumper

    March 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

    What a load of nonsense from Ferdinand. He’s so transparent. He cried a vale of tears after being dropped in favour of Terry, now he’s given the chance and throws all his toys out of the pram.

    The chip on his shoulder is too heavy for any further consideration. He needs to go home and send out his idiotic twitter quotes.

  2. Prinz

    March 19, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Spot on @ Mufc

  3. Mufc77

    March 19, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Why should UTD or SAF show any loyalty to England or the FA after the way they treated Rio in the last 18 months. At least Rio had the class to meet Roy face to face and explain his reasons for withdrawing from the squad which is more that can be said for the way the England manager treated him.

  4. Sammy

    March 18, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    “Arsenal deny Jack Wilshere will miss a further six weeks through injury”.

    Who even suggested that this is going to happen? Wilshere is a young, promising player and he cannot afford to be injured so often and for so long. I really hope this isn’t true.

  5. Terry

    March 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I think Rio wanted to join the England squad but after hearing what Fergie had to say on the issue he backed down. Rio wants to make sure he gets a contract extension at United and going against Fergie’s wishes is never a good thing for your future at the club.

    When it comes to his players Fergie always gets his way.

  6. dust

    March 18, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Also where was Gary Neville in all this? how did he not know? He’s an ambassador for Man Utd and an England Coach and close friend to Rio AND he is supposed to be the liaison to players… LOL

    Debate on TalkSport with the superb Stan Collymore and Mark Saggers was great, with Stan calling out Rio and stating that players now disrespect International area.

    The thing is International teams used to be the best a club team wouldn’t be unlikely to be able to beat a top country International Tournaments were where the best teams were countries, the Creme de la Creme…

    The fact is It is NOT like that anymore, with the money in football now, I do not doubt that Barca, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, could all beat England, Germany, Italy, France. Before a great team would have 2,3 or even 4 world class players, now, with the money, 1 team can have 15 world class players…

    I like the World Cup and the Euro’s I like the competition between the alleged heavy weights but the reality is Club football at Champions league level is better than the international stage… add in globalization and all the major footballing powers getting along, it doesn’t have the same edge it used to for PLAYERS, they are professionals that enjoy the money.

    Just a thought

    • dust

      March 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      *a club team WOULD be unlikely

    • Todd Shenk

      March 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Agreed, and personally I approve of this. I’ve never gotten in to international and feel that too often it gets in the way of club competition. It’s nice to have some football in the summer, but I get annoyed by the friendly’s and qualifiers played during the real season.

      I still think that the only way to truly make international teams competitive would be to devote more to them during very specific longer term periods of time.

      Teams getting together for a week or 2 at a time aren’t going to be able to really click and get going like they need to. Yes, they are top players, but they still need direction to be able to implement whatever tactics the manager wants them to employ for his games, and those tactics are often different from what they do on a daily basis with their separate club teams.

      I don’t blame Rio one bit. He’s obviously going to be more concerned with his career and his ability to play for the team that PAYS him to play. Why risk that by 1)upsetting SAF and 2)possibly getting injured.

      • dust

        March 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

        “Teams getting together for a week or 2 at a time aren’t going to be able to really click and get going like they need to.”

        Great point, Perhaps thats why Spain have been so dominant, given the amount of key players from the Barca squad in the squad.

        • Wongo1

          March 19, 2013 at 12:51 am

          Dust that is EXACTLY why mate!!

    • Sammy

      March 19, 2013 at 12:02 am

      Agreed, which is probably why I way prefer club football over international football, which I tend to find boring at times.

  7. dust

    March 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Roy didn’t ask Rio before hand, thats is the problem, perhaps if he had picked up the phone and said, “Rio, I want you in my squad, I want you to start” Rio would have said…eeerrrrr NO I can’t apparently I am so decrepit that I have played 27 games and without 2 weeks rest I will not be able to play for Man Utd.

    The whole situation is a mess, The FA have F’d Up again… Seriously how can there be such limited communication between The F’d Up and Manchester Utd?

    Caulker will be great anyway, so no real loss.

    Hodgepodge…uugghh when will it end…

  8. Dean Stell

    March 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    It might be complete BS and Rio could be doing this just to be obnoxious, but it isn’t implausible that a 34 year old with chronic injuries might have managed those injuries with the international break in mind.

    Maybe if he knew he was getting called up, he wouldn’t have played versus Reading?

    • Wongo1

      March 19, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Exactly, you can’t just call up Rio without first consulting SAF as he and the United medical team are managing him carefully.

  9. JACK

    March 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    why all the fuss about it now? i thought most delusional fans supported ROy’s ill advised decision to get rid of Ferdinand in favor of Terry??

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