Register Login Live

International

Hodgson Sick Of Rio Questions

Roy Hodgson has reacted angrily towards journalists questioning him about Rio Ferdinand’s England future.

Manchester United veteran Ferdinand was axed by Hodgson during John Terry’s race trial over his insult of Rio’s brother, Anton.

The United stopper went on record this week to say he still dreams of representing his country, even though Hodgson appears to have categorically overlooked him.

And Hodgson indicated that Rio’s England career is indeed over, when asked to comment on the defender’s chances of a recall.

Hodgson says he is tired of talking about Ferdinand, and has backed Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill to make England fans forget about Rio sooner rather than later.

“I am not going to talk about Rio," Hodgson snapped.

"It seems to me all I ever do is answer questions about Rio.

"We have just beaten Brazil for the first time in God knows how many years. It is my first game against Brazil. We have had six players 22 and under on the field.

"I am not prepared, every time we play a game, to keep revisiting something which I have revisited at every single press conference for the last 10 months."

"You are being unfair to the two of them to suggest they can't (bring the ball out of defence)," Hodgson added, addressing concerns regarding Cahill and Smalling’s ability.

"Smalling can do that. He is not lacking in ability on the ball. Neither is Gary Cahill."

9 comments

Top 5

Pirates Linked With Top Signings – How Could They Line Up…

40 Jul 02, 2020 07:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Mido, Chiefs & Downs – Why A League Medal Is Unlikely  

93 Jul 03, 2020 11:07 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

22 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Ex-Chiefs Striker's Club Speaks Out

13 Jul 03, 2020 10:03 AM in PSL

Shaba Vs Yeye: Who Had The Hottest Cars Through The Years?

6 Jul 04, 2020 10:42 AM in Stars & Their Cars

Lorch Vs Billiat: Who Had The Hottest Million Rand Car Upgrade?

7 Jul 02, 2020 03:54 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Pirates Linked With Top Signings – How Could They Line Up…

40 Jul 02, 2020 07:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Shock Messi Transfer Update

31 Jul 03, 2020 07:38 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Official: Downs Announce Maluleka!

150 Jul 01, 2020 01:43 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Footballers Who Lied About Their Age

52 May 10, 2020 07:16 PM in International

Leopards Make Kapinga Decision Amid Downs Talk

26 Jul 02, 2020 02:19 PM in PSL

The Highest-Paid Footballers In The World Today

11 Mar 29, 2020 07:16 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch