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Ferguson backs Rio for Euros

by Setanta Staff , 03 May 2012 Ferguson backs Rio for Euros

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Rio Ferdinand for Euro 2012 selection.


New England boss Roy Hodgson has stated his intention to speak with Ferdinand to see whether he would be willing to play alongside long-time central defensive partner John Terry in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

The early indications are that Ferdinand would accept.

However, as the 33-year-old has not featured for his country since the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland last June, there is some doubt as to whether Ferdinand would have been picked under previous coach Fabio Capello.

Ferguson acknowledges Ferdinand has not often been asked to play more than one game a week this term.

However, long-standing back problems appear to have been overcome enough for the former West Ham star to feature regularly once more.

And both his form and experience lead Ferguson to conclude Ferdinand would be a valuable member of Hodgson's squad.

"He has done fantastic this season," said the United boss. "There was a period where I played him in three games in seven days from the end of January but apart from that it has been every seven days. He has coped very well and has had a fantastic season.

"I think Phil Jones and Chris Smalling should go but they have not played a lot of football this season in terms of centre-back play, so you go back to what you are left with.

"You have John Terry and Rio Ferdinand and Gary Cahill. Then you have Jones and Smalling.

"There is not a lot after that."

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