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11/03/2013 09:29

Papers: Rio for England

Neil Ashton writes in the Daily Mail...

Hodgson must make call to Ferdinand
When Roy Hodgson holds talks with his England coaches on Monday, Rio Ferdinand will figure prominently in the discussions. England's head coach names his squad of 23 on Thursday for World Cup qualifiers against San Marino on Friday March 22 and Montenegro four days later. Ferdinand, incredibly, is in with a shout. Hodgson's meeting with Gary Neville, a former team-mate of Ferdinand's, and assistant manager Ray Lewington could reshape the centre back's international career. Forget the 'football reasons' Hodgson has always put forward for Ferdinand's continued omission from the national team - Rio, watched again by Hodgson in Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final, has played his way back into contention. He was at his best against Chelsea, just as he was when he played in both legs of the Champions League knockout tie against Real Madrid. If he can get a game against Europe's biggest club, he should be under consideration for World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

Many of today’s paper include differing opinion pieces on Wayne Rooney’s display against Chelsea, with some journalist praising the Reds striker while others claim his performance levels dropped after the break. Elsewhere, Rooney is linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich after their honorary president Franz Beckenbauer said “I would be very happy for Rooney to come to Bayern.”

Sir Bobby Charlton has spoken about the same subject, quashing rumours of Rooney’s departure whilst speaking at the Laureus World Sport awards in Rio de Janeiro. “Sir Alex said he had no intentions of letting Wayne travel to anywhere and you have to abide by that, 100 per cent. He’s a great player. Why would we get rid of a great player? I think you’re being a bit premature.”

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