Hodgson explains his reasons over Rio

Roy Hodgson has revealed the reason he didn’t take Rio Ferdinand to the Euros was largely down to his standing within the game.

The England boss believes that a player like Rio Ferdinand isn’t the type to be considered as just a reserve or squad player, but someone that will have to be deemed a first team starter:

“I’ll tell you one of the things. When you’ve played 81 times already for your country, but only a couple of times in the last few years and had a lot of injuries … I don’t think those players go as travellers. They go as one of the first names on the team sheet. I had to be convinced that, if I was going to take Rio in my 23, he’d be one of the first names on the team sheet. I couldn’t be convinced that would be the case.

“It was a tough call to make, to tell him that I wasn’t including him – one I didn’t look forward to making. I did it.”

Hodgson was also quick to rule out that the presence of John Terry within the squad had any bearing on his decision to omit Ferdinand:

“It wasn’t part of my decision. I can’t turn round to you [and say] that it didn’t occur to me. I’m a football person. I work in football day in, day out. I don’t live on the planet Mars. So you can’t expect me to say I didn’t even give that a thought. But I chose the centre backs I wanted to come with me. I can’t be clearer than that.” (Guardian)

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