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Is Rio right over the England 'circus'?

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England's stand-in skipper Rio Ferdinand has branded the pre-Fabio Capello era England set-up as "a bit of a circus".

The Manchester United star reckons the celebrity culture, which peaked during the Wags media frenzy at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, had a corrosive effect on the team.

Now, Rio has not exactly shied away from football's obsession with celebrity status and living the high life in the past.

But he's a bit more grown up these days, so it's refreshing to hear him being honest about the mistakes of the past.

Okay, maybe he's sucking up to Don Fabio at the same time, but what do you make of his comments?

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posted Oct 15, 2008

Great performance tonight after the equaliser went in. Rooney is in great form, looks like a new player.
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posted Oct 15, 2008

yes, it was a bit of a circus, bit like the one rio caused with his missed drug test :D

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posted Oct 16, 2008

Found this and it made me laugh:

'Perhaps it would have been better looking closer to home for England's failings. Ferdinand himself prepared for the tournament by filming the ITV prank series Rio's World Cup Wind-Ups, a lobotomised laugh-free zone which saw him spend months setting up elaborate stings to goad people with learning difficulties.'

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posted Oct 19, 2008

Typical comment from a man short of integrity. Why did he not speak out during his spell with the previous managers? When he admits his wrong doings in the past and apologises for such only then can he crictise others.

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posted Oct 19, 2008

At least it shows the players are now willing to finally move themselves out from under the shadow of the Beckham designed era under Eriksson and show they want something different.Whether the celebrity chasers who now seem to follow the england side at wembley will agree with them however is doubtful.to most of them Beckham could drown a puppy in a vat of his own 5,000 wine and still come up smelling of roses,such a curious age we inhabit.

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posted Oct 27, 2008

Talking sense but playing crap, he now thinks because he talks to the media he is important? for someone to play the way he did against Everton and actually think he is good!!!!!!!!!!

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posted Oct 28, 2008

I wonder what pearls of wisdom were flowing out of Ferdinands mouth when he confronted the ref and Neville on Saturday, was he at his new eloquent best or back to normal abusive best without the aid of his ghostwriter.



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posted Oct 28, 2008


LOL! What do you think? Have you ever seen Rio, Terry, Beckham or any recent England captain give an articulate off the cuff interview?

Gerrard is the most lucid but it does help to have a good ear for 'scouse'!

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posted Nov 1, 2008

Dawh!!Ferdinand wake up !! You don't need to be a rocket scientist to realise the importance of the world cup.You,you're team mates,Sven and the FA have all short changed the England supporters.This is not about now being more mature or any lame excuse.I'm not from England but as a football supporter this is pathetic.22 England supporters would have sacrificed everything to be in your shoes.In fact thousands did by working the backsides off just to get to Germany to support their country only to be shown disrespect with that 'circus'.Can you blame fans for booing England.If i or anyone with half a brain had been England manager this would have been a no-no.If i had the power i would go as far as saying to England players if they qualify for WC2010 you either play for free or you don't come at all.That would sort out a few egos and how much it means.Yeah Rio the England supporters were certainly Merced!!!!

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