Roy Hodgson apologises for Rio Ferdinand Tube comments
Rio Ferdinand is unlikely to add to his 81 appearances for England, with the Manchester United defender now 33-years-old and once again left out of the Three Lions squad despite the international retirement of John Terry.
October 4th, 2012
Roy Hodgson stated that Ferdinand’s omission from the Euro 2012 squad was for football reasons and the England manager has been embarrassed by the latest episode where he told Tube passengers that the defender wouldn’t be featuring for his national team.
When asked whether Ferdinand would return, Hodgson allegedly 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. It has got to be the end of the road. He is pushing 34 and hasn’t played for England for a long, long time.”
This is despite the fact that Frank Lampard is now 34, with Ferdinand likely to have been angry with the way his international future was discussed with members of the public.
“I have tried to speak to Rio and I am very disappointed that the story has come out like that and I apologise to him because there is no way I would ever indicate I wasn’t going to use a player in that way,” Hodgson said. “But the thing is that I didn’t choose him in the squad this time and it is for the same reasons as before – we have other players but certainly I am not suggesting it is the end of the line.
“I would never dream of telling a player it’s the end of the line or the end of the road or whatever I am supposed to have said. That is up to every player to decide for himself.
“Hopefully that won’t be the case and when I speak to Rio I will make it clear to him that I have not selected him in the squad and who knows whether I will select him in the next squad or not. But it is up to him to decide if I ever do go to him whether he wanted to be a part of it or not.
“I didn’t say it last night – it was Wednesday afternoon if we want to be 100% correct. All I remember was that I was talking to quite a lot of people on the Tube and one guy said: ‘Is Rio in the next squad?’ and I think I might have said: ‘I don’t think so.’
“I think that is about as far as I went. But I shouldn’t say that, of course. It’s a mistake and I need to apologise for that. This is one of the hazards I suppose of travelling on Tube trains when you go up to London, which is the best way for me to travel, and then of course speaking to people who ask me questions rather than sitting there tight-lipped refusing to open my mouth. I’ve paid for it.
“I shall learn in future and maybe this will be a lesson for all the people who see me on the Tube in future: please don’t be too offended if I refuse to answer any questions you ask me.”