Rio Ferdinand criticises Roy Hodgson’s England Euro 2012 tactics
Many people were surprised to see Rio Ferdinand left out of the England squad for Euro 2012 and the Manchester United central defender believes that Roy Hodgson made several other errors during the tournament.
June 27th, 2012
Ferdinand felt that Hodgson should have used the European Championship as an opportunity to blood young players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones, especially with expectation levels so low.
He told The Sun: “I am a fan of ‘The Ox’ and I wanted to see more of him but in the end he finished up as a spectator.”
He went on: “Phil Jones is one of the most adaptable players we have in our country and where was he?
“When we need to take the ball from midfield, run 40 yards with it and put the other team on the back foot, he is the man for the job.
“Instead, we stayed cautious and Jordan Henderson was used instead.
“That’s not a criticism of Jordan, he is a different player to Phil, but I thought it showed we were being too conservative.”
Ferdinand felt as though Oxlade-Chamberlain did enough in his first match against France to merit another start.
“What did we learn about Alex and Phil at this tournament?
“Do we know how much influence Alex can have on a game in a finals?
“He did fairly well against France, so why not persist with him and let him grow into it?
“As for Phil, we will now have to wait until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, provided we qualify, to see how good he can be at the highest level. Expectations were low so the manager had a free shot to find out about our youngsters and I feel it was a missed opportunity.”