Rio Ferdinand Calls for England Players to Consider Retirement After Southgate Snub
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Rio Ferdinand Calls for England Players to Consider Retirement After Southgate Snub

5 September 2023
2 min.
Rio Ferdinand Calls for England Players to Consider Retirement After Southgate Snub

Rio Ferdinand Unleashes Fury

Rio Ferdinand has expressed his frustration with Gareth Southgate's recent England squad announcement for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly with Scotland. In this analysis, we'll delve into Ferdinand's criticisms and examine the structure of his argument.

Setting the Stage

Southgate's squad selection has sparked intense discussions within the football community once more. Much of the debate centers on the decision to include Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips, even though their recent performances for their club teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, have raised some concerns.

Highlighting the Omissions

Two notable omissions from the squad are West Ham's James Ward-Prowse and Jarrod Bowen, both of whom have showcased exceptional form at the start of the season. With West Ham currently sitting fourth in the table and unbeaten after four games, Ward-Prowse's exclusion has particularly riled up fans.

Rio Ferdinand's Critique

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand was quite outspoken in his critique of Southgate's squad selection during his appearance on the FIVE podcast. He highlighted the peculiar aspect of choosing players such as Maguire and Phillips, who have had limited or no playing time with their respective clubs.

The Call for Young Talent

Ferdinand advocates for Southgate to consider young and inexperienced talents who might be eager to prove themselves on the international stage. He asserts that relying on the reputation built years ago is unjust when more deserving players are overlooked.

Controversial Selections

Apart from Maguire and Phillips, the inclusion of Jordan Henderson, who recently moved to the Saudi Pro League, has stirred controversy. Ferdinand also questions why Raheem Sterling, in remarkable form for Chelsea, was excluded from the squad.

Ferdinand's Solution

Ferdinand suggests that players like James Ward-Prowse should consider retiring from international duty if they consistently face exclusion despite outstanding performances at the club level. He labels Southgate's decisions as disrespectful to players like Ward-Prowse, who consistently contribute to their teams.

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