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Ferdinand Explains Why England's Golden Generation Failed At World Cups

Ferdinand Explains Why England's Golden Generation Failed At World Cups

By SL International - May 13, 2018 09:00 AM

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has explained why England's 'Golden Generation' failed to perform at World Cups.

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The team dubbed the golden generation for the national side included players Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Michael Owen.

However, they failed to progress beyond a quarterfinal stage of a World Cup and a European Championship despite being tagged as one of the favourites.

Ferdinand, who made 81 appearances for the Three Lions, claims the club rivalries did affect the national side.

"It (rivalry) overshadowed things. It killed that England team, that generation," Ferdinand told Times magazine.

"One year we would have been fighting Liverpool to win the league, another year it would be Chelsea. So I was never going to walk into the England dressing room and open up to Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry or Joe Cole at Chelsea, or Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher at Liverpool.

"I wouldn't open up because of the fear they would take something back to their club and use it against us, to make them better than us. I didn't really want to engage with them.

"I didn't realise that what I was doing was hurting England at the time. I was so engrossed, so obsessed with winning with Man United - nothing else mattered."

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laqwela Joined: 21 Jul 2017
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laqwela May 13, 2018 03:30 PM
@SiyaVToni yes it makes sense now phela those guys were super stars. Remember Madrid players saying that it was Morinho who was trying to devide the national team...
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Faysal May 13, 2018 01:58 PM
You were all cows but good on paper
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SiyaVToni May 13, 2018 12:59 PM
It makes sense, but Spain did it though with El Classico rivalries in the same team...with Pique and Ramos as fierce rivals for their respective teams
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musah005 May 13, 2018 10:02 AM
well said mr
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BucsAPLA May 13, 2018 09:50 AM
There you have it Rio...Big egos fuelled by club rivalry! England really missed a golden opportunity indeed. I don't think there'll ever be a super England team better than this one. I might be wrong, but this team at their best could beat anyone.

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