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Roy Hodgson Keeps His Counsel After England Fans Abuse Rio Ferdinand: The Daily EPL

England manager Roy Hodgson took the high road yesterday after being asked what his opinion was regarding England fans singing abusive songs against Rio Ferdinand during the country’s 8-0 victory against San Marino. Hodgson shrugged off the comments, saying that he heard them but “I’ve absolutely no comment to make on it.”

Ferdinand, meanwhile, took his opportunity as pundit for Al Jazeera to make some recommendations of how to improve the England set-up in order to progress further in future tournaments.

“Maybe we need to go back to the drawing board and have a real good look at ourselves right from the bottom all the way to the top in terms of the coaching and the way we’re bringing our players through, how we’re getting ready to play and preparing for tournaments,” said Ferdinand. “Because up to now we’ve not been able to find the right remedy. But hopefully, with this manager we’ve got and the crop of players we’ve got now, we can make the right strides.”

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  1. Pete

    March 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I was under the impression Lescott played for city and Cahill and Terry played for Chelsea

    Utd usually finish top of the defensive records, I could be mistaken but I think they have already let in more goals this season than they did the whole of last season.
    Utd’s defence would have been under more pressure if they hadn’t got good players going forward that can usually out score their opponents.
    When Vidic is missing they look very average at the back.

    • JACK

      March 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Lescott is not first choice for City.
      Cahill and Terry(when healthy) haven’t performed as well as Ferdinand this season. give it up man.

      If Ferdinand being the best utd defender this season doesn’t say much about utd’s defense, then what does it say about England’s??

      you just further prove my point of how devoid of rationality some fans are.

  2. Mufc77

    March 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm


    You do know utd have the 3rd best defensive record in the league behind City and I think Chelsea. Neither of those teams have a English centre back who has been in the same class as Rio this season. The fact that you keep ignoring the fact the Rio didn’t join the squad for fitness concerns and try to spin it like he let his country down in a hour of need clearly puts you in the ABU brigade.

  3. JACK

    March 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Hodgson has been in the game for a while now. He gave Rio a rope to hang himself and sat back and watch the media do the rest.

    you cannot expect fans to be rational but the people in charge didnt handle it right.

    John Terry is renown in the media for his “bravery” but these people forget that Terry is only 32yrs old and he rather retired than not being able to wear the england armband. Yet Rio is viewed as this villain who turned his back on England… SMH @ that.

  4. Terry

    March 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Rio isn’t the most upstanding player around so Roy knows that not coming to Rio’s defense won’t hurt his standing with the FA and the public.

  5. Mufc77

    March 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Once again your anti Utd stance is embarrassing. How the hell is Roy saying nothing about the fans abusing a England international taking the high road?

    If Roy had any guts or balls he would have condemned it when it was brought to his attention. Lets no forget Rio saved old Roy from looking like a right tool by going to meet him and explaining his reasons for not making himself available for the squad. After the way Roy and the FA have treated him Rio could be forgiven for telling him to shove it and totally embarrassed the manager in public, then In return this is how the England manager repays Rio.

    Gaffer unfortunately this guys bringing down the quality of your site on a regular basis.

    • The Gaffer

      March 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. I’ll have a word with him, but in this particular post, I don’t think it was an anti-United bias — it’s more about him not criticizing Hodgson (whether Hodgson was correct or not).

      The Gaffer

      • Mufc77

        March 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        Gaffer It was just a observation on my part that’s all I’m sure he’s a good guy or you wouldn’t have him posting your daily/nightly updates.

        Now if only we could get the people who run FSC to reply to our concerns as quick as you.

    • Pete

      March 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      What’s to condemn? The Fans have made their feelings clear, they don’t want Ferdinand back and don’t appreciate the way he seems to think he is more important than the team despite being 34 and well past his best.

      Roy doesn’t have to defend Ferdinand, Ferdinand’s made his bed and now he can sleep in it. He’s not a kid who needs daddy to fight his battles.

      Roy did the right thing in my mind, he kept out of it, neither supporting what the fans did or opposing it.

      • Mufc77

        March 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        True there is no law saying a manager has to defend his players but for a international team manager not to defend a current England international(he was selected for the squad less than a week before) from abuse is gutless in my Opinion.

        • Pete

          March 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

          He’s hardly a current international, he hasn’t played for England for about a year and when he did have the chance to come back he decided he’d rather play pundit instead. He won’t play for England again so that is that.
          He threw the offer back in Roy’s face so in my opinion Roy doesn’t owe him anything.

          • Mufc77

            March 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

            No he turned it down because of fitness concerns not because he would rather be sitting in a studio. You should try actually learning the facts.

          • Pete

            March 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

            Injury my arse, he’ll be lacing his botts the next time Utd plays. He some so called treatment he was booked in for which again sounds like a load of crap.
            He couldn’t be arsed playing and thought he’d stick two fingers up to Roy and the FA at the same time. That’s the top and bottom of it

          • JACK

            March 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm

            Rio is 34 and he’s been the best defender for United this season. He struggled with injuries last year. Why would he go play for England when United also need his services??
            It is irrational to act like Rio don’t care about England.

            Where was the FA, the media and the fans when Rio was being left out for “footballing reasons” when all facts point to the contrary? where were they when Terry who’s younger than Ferdinand by the way, quit England because he couldn’t wear an armband??
            Rio couldn’t play for England for legitimate health and business(club) reasons.
            why is England making a big deal out of a 34 going on 35 year old Defender anyways??

          • Pete

            March 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

            Playing for England is suppose to be the ultimate in your career. If you get called up for a qualifier then you go or you face the backlash.
            When a player is 34 they are coming to the end of their career in most cases. Ferdinand is no where near as good as he used to be. As for being the best defender Utd have had this season then all I can say is that it doesn’t say much for their defence.
            Ferdinand was lucky to be called up and he threw it back in Roy’s, the F.A’s and the fans face. That’s his choice but if you think he’s going to get begged to come back then you have no idea how things work.
            What happened last night was what I expected. The fans told Ferdinand exactly what they thought of his actions.

            His England career is over now and he may not be bothered by that but I’m sure he would have wanted to go out in another way. Beckham, while not being one of my favourite players at least showed a desire to play for his country, in fact I think he’d give his right ball to have played for England last night. If Ferdinand showed half the commitment then he might get some respect.

  6. Cantona

    March 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Loved the umbro link… They will be missed.. Definitely an end of an era…


    • Marc L

      March 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Umbro out, Nike in. Just turns my stomach.

      Even if the Death Star ports in a lot of the old Umbro designers (supposedly this is happening) you just know that they will just screw up kits on every single level in the name of being “edgy” or whatever other insipid word their oozing-with-evil marketing types want to use.

      • jtm371

        March 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        nike is evil exploit third world labor.go to hell phil knight.

        • Mufc77

          March 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm

          Yeah screw Nike but not until they sign that massive sponsorship deal to be our kit supplier.

  7. Sammy

    March 23, 2013 at 11:49 am

    What’s the point of even being abusive? Just because things didn’t go their way so they have to act like that?

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