Roy Hodgson, the current incumbent certainly knows what former manager, Graham Taylor went through as he deals with his own problems concerning the recall to the squad of Rio Ferdinand.
On Friday I wrote a piece entitled ‘footballing reasons‘ that attempted to make sense of the situation however 2 days is a lifetime in football.
Ferdinand’s manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson chucked an unexpected wrench in the works by hinting that his centerback had not been sounded out by Hodgson for a recall and that maintaining his fitness for the Red Devils was priority number one.
Ferguson said on Friday: “The issue is not that [the amount of games], the issue is his whole preparation for football today. It involves treatment, it involves rest, it involves heavy days followed by some light days followed by some easy days.
Then yesterday when asked if Ferdinand would be in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers versus San MArino and Montenegro, he told ESPN: “Yes.
Poor Roy Hodgson, he extends the olive branch, has it snapped and then handed back to him.
It has been said before that Sir Alex Ferguson has an unhealthy influence on the selection of players to national teams with the English set up being hit particularly hard by the Scotsman over the years. What do you say?
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On Tuesday five Premier League teams were knocked out of the competition as Liverpool lost at Leicester City, Stoke were upset at Bristol City, Burnley lost to Leeds United on penalty kicks, Brighton lost at Bournemouth and Huddersfield were knocked out by Crystal Palace.