Thursday, October 04, 2012

ROY HODGSON TELLS PASSENGERS ON A LONDON TUBE TRAIN THAT RIO FERDINAND IS OUT OF ENGLAND SQUAD


England coach, Roy Hodgson is facing major embarrassment after he announced the end of Rio Ferdinand’s international career to passengers on a London tube train.

Hodgson is due to discuss his squad at a press conference at Wembley on Thursday morning and Ferdinand, 33, is not expected to be among those selected for this month’s World Cup double header against San Marino and Poland.

But telling members of the public on a Jubilee Line train on Wednesday afternoon that Ferdinand had reached ‘the end of the road’ will be seen as shoddy treatment of a former England captain.

Hodgson boarded the tube at Bond Street in central London at around 3pm and happily posed for pictures

                            
Hodgson, when asked whether Ferdinand would be in the squad, told passengers: ‘I very much doubt it. He hasn’t played for England for quite a while. I have to say it is over for him and England.

But Hodgson appeared to put an end to that with Wednesday’s indiscreet confession.

He later attended the Arsenal v Olympiacos match in the Champions League, where he sat in the stands with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
 
 
With Terry having retired and Ferdinand apparently not an option, the search for a fourth central defender to join Joleon  Lescott, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka looks like a difficult one.

With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling injured, Tottenham's Steven Caulker seemed like the obvious choice but he was named in Stuart Pearce's Under 21 squad, so Stoke's 

Shawcross has been picked for only the second time, having failed to win a cap when he was chosen for the friendly against Egypt by Fabio Capello in March 2010.



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