Hodgson’s Poor Attempt At Explaining Rio Exclusion

Last night, following the European Championships match between The Dane’s and the Dutch, BBC1 aired an interview with Roy Hodgson and he got asked about why he left Rio Ferdinand from the 23-man squad.

This is the quote in full:

“No, I don’t think it’s surprised me, It’s just a pit that the real story behind it hasn’t been told. I picked twenty three players and left Rio out. At the time that was discussed. When Gary Cahill got injured there was never any question of turning to Rio Ferdinand. My first thought was to turn to someone who could come in at the lower end of the squad, possibly a younger player to get some experience, because I already have sixteen, seventeen, eighteen senior player, four of whom are centre backs, who will cover that position. So my first thought was Kyle Walker because he was one of my original selections. We did get in touch with him just to check whether the toe had cleared up. It hadn’t. So then we turned to Martin Kelly who had been with us before we went to Norway. So there was never any question of which player I should take, should I take Rio or should I take Martin, there was never any question of that.”

So Roy, what you are trying to say is that you picked a lesser player in Martin Kelly because you didn’t want to leave a better player in Rio Ferdinand on the bench? That’s really poor management from him. We all know it’s clearly because he doesn’t want to put John Terry and Rio in the same squad due to the racism court case that is set to take place in a few weeks. It’s clear for all to see that John Terry did racially abuse Anton Ferdinand, and for the FA to just brush it under the carpet so that he can play in the Euro’s is absolutely ludicrous. Oh well, England’s loss is our gain.


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