The fact that he’s now off to Qatar to appear as a pundit for al-Jazeera has only fanned the flames as people question how good a seven hour flight will be for his bad back.
The animosity between Ferdinand and his country has been brewing for a while now after the defender first wouldn’t play with Chelsea’s John Terry and then Roy Hodgson was filmed telling members of the public that his international career was over.
This wasn’t always the case in the England camp however, and above, Ferdinand shares a few jokes with his Premier League rivals and international team mates John Terry and Steven Gerrard. The question is, just what are they laughing about?
Since 1888, Rangers and Celtic football clubs have been locked into an intense and frequently explosive rivalry: Rangers the product of West Scotland’s Protestant establishment, Celtic the team founded to raise money for the Catholic underclass of Glasgow.
On 2 January 2010 the two teams met in the Old Firm’s New Year Derby, a fixture that had been banned for ten years because of the trouble it brought with it.
Richard Wilson puts that game at the centre of a book which delves into the history and widens out to the cultural resonance of the fixture within Scotland.
It is a potent mix of close-up observation and big-picture thinking, with insight, understanding and depth.
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