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Rio Ferdinand’s absence will hurt England, Roy Hodgson, Are you listening?

June 6, 2012

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Initially when Rio Ferdinand was not included in England’s Euro squad, few fans along with some experts were not happy with the decision. But that few has rose to many when he was ignored when Gary Cahill had to be replaced in the Euro squad and Hodgson went ahead with a rookie, Martin Kelly, yet another Liverpool player.

Many claim that Roy Hodgson did not want both John Terry and Rio Ferdinand in the same squad after the racial incident that had taken place between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, Rio Ferdinand’s brother. So one can say that the player has been omitted from the team not for footballing reasons. Is this justified, when a nation like England comes to participate in such a prestigious competition that personal differences play an important criteria in fielding a team? Whatever be the case, Ferdinand would surely be missed by the English team.

Ferdinand is not only one of the top defenders for England, but also one of the most experienced. Will other players be able to replace him at the heart of England’s defence. His leadership skills have always been well appreciated by all and sundry, even when he does not wear the captains arm band. He has always been vocal from the back, but his voice would no longer echo during Euro 2012.

Most of the players in the present Euro squad have been playing together along with Rio, so they have a good understanding amongst themselves, which could have been crucial during the championships. He may look lean , but he has always been a player who plays with his brain and brings down player with crucial tackles winning the ball.

In Rio’s absence, the England’s team defensive line seems to be lacking the much needed experience at the international arena. If the defensive line of the England team fails, Roy Hodgson may have some tough press conferences to attend and justify his exclusion of Rio Ferdinand.

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