Should Rio Ferdinand be banned from playing for England?

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“If Pirlo was English would he have made the [England] squad let alone been on the pitch? I don’t know as his qualities may have been overlooked… Not by just the current manager but maybe those before him too.’Rio Ferdinand.

It’s something we all have heard time and time again over the past 2 months. 33 year old Rio Ferdinand launching verbal assaults aimed at England coach, Roy Hodgson. Mainly focussing on team selection – there seems to be one trend that is common throughout his tirades; he is bitter that he was seen as surplus to requirements, and struggles to accept that.

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I want to go a step further. If the France Football Association can contemplate banning Samir Nasri for 2 years following his verbal attack on a journalist in defence of himself and his Country, the English FA should consider banning Rio Ferdinand for his divicive, un-helpful, and frankly desruptive on-going comments against the FA and Roy Hodgson.

Ferdinand is of a generation which is no longer needed on the field in an England jersey. That is all too clear, given the odd-and-lacklustre showing at the recent Euros. What is truly appalling though is his desire to still wish to be counted, and his bitter criticism when he is ignored. Criticism like this should not be taken lightly. Respect for managers is key to any teams success, however if a senior player chooses to not respect the current manager – what message is he sending to younger players who are looking for inspiration?

I’m all for freedom of speech. But that freedom should be used responsibly when one has a voice that can be heard. Rio Ferdinand chooses to use that voice to create division, and that attitude warrants punishment.

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  • Carl Lewis says:

    Rio is entitled to hus opinion like every one else is so leave him be!

    • gb says:

      well said. hes entitled to more of an opinion than this site is, too

      • Heshan de Silva says:

        I think the recent twitter debacle surrounding Rio trying to re-ignite the race row further justifies this article. To each their own.

  • David Dougan says:

    There’s really no point in banning him. Unless Hodgson has a disastrous WC qualifying campaign, he’ll be manager until Ferdinand is too old to be considered for selection anyway.

    Banning Ferdinand would just give him more reasons to mouth off all the time.

  • Steve says:

    Any player, between 17 and 40 has the right to play if they are good enough. Rio still is a world class defender. Fact

    • Heshan de Silva says:

      I strongly disagree. Vidic is world class. Rio is too old and too prone to chronic back problems. Its 2012 mate, not 2009 <– Rio's peak.

  • andy hellberg says:

    What an idiotic article- of course Rio is entitled to make his voice heard and also it is true what he is calling for- english game is so predictable due to the lack of players like pirlo, berbatov and others that “don´t work their socks of”. in England Rooney is branded the new Pele and he is far from that evnthough he is a good player but technically he is sometimes really bad giving up possession very easy. He however works his socks of and therefore is well seen by brittish people. You have the Pirlos but you don’t see them- Wilshire, Cleverley, scholes to name a few….

    • Heshan de Silva says:

      To liken Cleverly to Pirlo is a little bit of a stretch don’t you think? Either way, to each their own.

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