Rio Ferdinand is still good enough for the Premier League

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Did this Man United star deserve to be treated like this?

Date: 13th May 2014 at 6:41pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Following the announcement of Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, English football has felt compelled to pay tribute to its most glaring omission, Chelsea defender Ashley Cole. After rejecting a place on England's stand-by list for Brazil, the Three Lions centurion has called time on his international career, spanning over a decade. The acknowledgements of Gary Lineker, Michael Owen et al. are more than deserved - for all the failings of England's golden generation, Cole's performances over the last ten years have not been one of them. Yet, spare a thought for Manchester United's Michael Carrick. The Red Devils midfielder also failed to make Hodgson's cut for Brazil, marking what will most likely be the final chapter in one of the most unfortunate international careers an England player has ever endured. Unlike Cole, Carrick did accept to be on the Three Lions' stand-by list. But with the power of youth the flavour of the month and seven players already in the squad  capable of operating in central midfield, the chances of a last minute promotion for the 32 year-old remain incredibly slim. Despite a glistening club career, including five Premier League titles and a Champions League medal from 2008, Carrick's efforts for his country have constantly been overshadowed by two players - Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Perhaps understandably so; they're the two highest-scoring midfielders in Premier League history, and both reached 100 caps for England during the last World ... Read More

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