With Roy Hodgson named his first England squad today and the news has already been leaked regarding the Ferdinand-Terry issue.
Many newspapers and radio stations broke the news that Hodgson has decided to take John Terry to Poland and Ukraine and leave Rio Ferdinand at home.
Hodgson met with Ferdinand to break the news yesterday and when asked about its truth Ferdinand replied “yes it is true”. Hodgson also met with Terry but the details of this meeting are unknown, but with injuries to other English centre backs Terry’s inclusion is alomst certain isn’t it?
This is a decision which will surely divide the country, well, create a divided opinion between Man United fans and Pundits and the rest of the football nation.
We all know Man United fans and the so called expert pundits see Rio Ferdinand as a world class defender but honestly if you knew anything about football you would see John Terry is 10 times the defender Ferdinand is or ever could be.
In major tournaments, especially the knock out stages, England need centre backs who will die for the cause. Terry has proved over the years he is willing to sacrifice his body in order to protect his goal, we all remember the kick in the face he got from Eboue during the Carling Cup final a few years ago.
John Terry is a no nonsense centre back and I believe a dying breed of true English defenders. He is the sole survivor of the Terry Butcher, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Bobby Moore mould of true English centre backs and a player to whom wearing the England shirt means everything.
Terry has proven his loyalty to his nation by refusing to quit the England team despite being stripped of the captaincy TWICE! Once for sleeping with Wayne Bridge’s EX girlfriend which was a complete over reaction and then a second time for his alleged racial abuse of Rio’s brother Anton, a crime to which he should be considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
These are the sort of players we will need at any tournament as we can not match Spain, Germany and Holland in the technical side of the game but we could out fight them much like Chelsea did to Barcelona.
Sir Alex Ferguson has even admitted that Ferdinand is not the defender he considered him to once be and stated that due to his injury problems would struggle to play 2 games in four days which he would have to do at Euro 2012.
So anyone who disagrees with Roy’s decision consider these points, why take a defender who can only play every so many days, is constantly injured, and has struggle in Europe this year against world class forwards?
My final point would be, if Ferdinand was carrying an injury but we had the quarter finals coming up would he play? Because John Terry played 6 games in 12 days with TWO broken ribs!
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