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FA try to forget Rio Ferdinand issue

FA chairman David Bernstein has admitted that he wants to forget the Rio Ferdinand selection issue, and is eager to focus on England and hopefully a successful Euro 2012 campaign.

The Manchester United defender has been overlooked for the Three Lions squad on two separate occasions, with his brother’s court case against John Terry thought to be a key reason for this.

Despite the media frenzy, Bernstein wants to focus on the competition in Ukraine and Poland and not bring up the issue again.

“It might be an issue,” Bernstein admitted to The Telegraph.

“It’s an issue I’m happy to talk about when the tournament is over – maybe. We want to be looking forward to do the very best we can with positive thoughts looking ahead and not dwelling on all these frankly historical, extraneous issues.

“I sat next to Roy for two hours on the plane coming here. He is extremely confident. He has done a really good job. There is a very good feel about the squad,” he concluded.

England open their Euro 2012 campaign against old enemies France on Monday night.

By Gareth McKnight

Article title: FA try to forget Rio Ferdinand issue

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