Thursday, October 04, 2012

ROY HODGSON APOLOGISES TO RIO FERDINAND FOR COMMENT IN THE TRAIN


England manager Roy Hodgson has apologised to Rio Ferdinand for the manner in which he revealed the Manchester United defender's absence from his latest England squad.

Hodgson revealed to a group of travellers on the London Underground on Wednesday evening that Ferdinand had not been selected in his squad to face San Marino and Poland instead choosing to call up Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross as John Terry's replacement when the full squad was announced on Thursday.

The former West Brom coach insists the door is still open for Ferdinand to play for his country despite a Daily Mirror report claiming the England boss told members of the public on a tube train that the 33-year-old had reached 'the end of the road'.

 
And after revealing his squad to face San Marino and Poland, Hodgson said: 'I have tried to get in touch with Rio today. I am disappointed that a stray conversation has been reported in that way. I didn't say Rio's career was over.

Hodgson admitted to a certain naivety about his conversations on public transport, as he and fans made their way home following Arsenal's Champions League match against Olympiakos.

"I have tried to get in touch with Rio today,'' said Hodgson. "I am disappointed that a stray conversation has been reported in that way.


"I didn't say Rio's career was over. I might have admitted, foolishly I guess, and I only have myself to blame, that I wasn't going to choose him in this squad.
"I am just disappointed this could be seen as a lack of respect to Rio which is something I would shy away from. I have the utmost respect for him, as a person and a player.

He acknowledged that he may have to be less open with members of the public in future.

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