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England need United's mentality
Rio Ferdinand, the England captain, has admitted he is bemused by the national team's enduring ability to disappoint. Fresh from yet more last-minute escapology with Manchester United, this time at Aston Villa, Ferdinand said his country would benefit from the winning mentality and never-say-die attitude of his club side. “That mentality [at United] comes from the confidence of winning,” he said. “Winning things would help. But we [at England] have to get into the the situation to win things. And the truth is, we haven’t." But why is that? Who is to blame? The players? The manager? "Finding the formula, you could say, is part of management. The manager has it at Manchester United. You look at the game on Saturday. We’re down, he sends on two attacking players and that puts you on the front foot. You respond to that."
Jim White, The Telegraph
Rio was speaking to The Telegraph at the launch of E.On's Energy Fit campaign at his old club, Eltham Town FC. The Daily Star were also in attendance and report that Rio is already making changes at both his home and his restaurant, Rosso, to cut energy bills.
Elsewhere, The Daily Mail report Ritchie De Laet is set to join Preston North End (under the management of Sir Alex's son Darren) on an emergency one-month loan.