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Rio criticises England selection

Rio Ferdinand has criticised England manager Roy Hodgson’s selections during Euro 2012. Ferdinand, already disappointed and bemused at being left out of the England squad for the championships, felt Hodgson did not give enough opportunities to the younger players Phil Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"If you take the youngsters to a competition like this, you should get them out there and see what they are made of," 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 was almost in the same position Theo Walcott was when he was picked for the 2006 World Cup."

Ferdinand also felt that Hodgson was too cautious in preferring to use Jordan Henderson as a substitute rather than sending on Jones. "Phil Jones is one of the most adaptable players we have in our country and where was he?" Ferdinand asked. "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."

Ferdinand bemoaned England’s lack of tactical flexibility, and their limited enterprise going forward. "I want to see Alex and Theo and Adam Johnson, who I thought should have gone too, causing problems instead of worrying about covering back as the first thought."

Ferdinand’s tactical insights are likely to be all he can offer to England in the future. When Hodgson said he was willing to retain the experience of his older players, it was conspicuous that he didn’t include Ferdinand’s name among those mentioned.

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