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Much more interesting newsFormer England captain David Beckham says he will retire from professional football at end of current seasonHere is a player, or former player who could play and seemed a nice guy to boot, also deserved respect ever since kicking an Argie in the 1998 World CupRio ... a posstot by comparison.
Good Luck to him. But what Hodgson did was totally disrepestctful - discussing Rio's business with the general public. That was no way to behave Hodgson.......Keep your gob shut in future and concentrate on picking an England team that WILL WIN THINGS !! I certainly wouldn't have returned either.
What is it about this generation of prima donnas ! How do you retire from a team you're not in !!! It completely undermines their contribution in the past. Can you imagine Bobby Charlton behaving in such a graceless manner. Bye bye Rio, I'll try not to miss you.....
arjacee:I put the wrong name at the head of my comment. I apologise.
arjacee :The club is the player's employer. The player is under no obligation to play for England - this is not the draft. Why get so hung up because Rio Ferdinand doesn't want to play football for a coloured table cloth (flag). Patriotism is on a par with religion, the two biggest causes of misery in this world. Well done Rio Fe4rdinand, even if your reasons are self-motivated.
Can't imagine too many people are that bothered about him retiring from England. Getting rid of dolts like him and Terry is a good thing. Along with a few other players, you couldn't have found a more useless group of reprobates if you tried. Hopefully, future England players will act with more dignity and professionalism.
"Good riddance ...the man is a disgrace to the national team with his attitude of club before country....pathetic individual"the lack of empathy among these comments is unbelievable. This kind of comment shows the intelligence level of the culprits.The man's brother was racially abused by the England Captain,Rio was then dropped and JT allowed to play on.Rio then receives abuse by England fans???
He sure does love himself. hasn't he got a mirror.
He's in, he's out, shake it all about. Rio does the hokey cokey..
posibly the most pointless announment of of time ,publicity seeking egotist gives up position he was never going to get , he was a great player in the past but nobody gets to beat the clock
He was never going to be selected again so this is just self advertising. BT will pick him up as a pundit. That should ensure that their lift off is unsuccessful.
@1006. Ozzieblue. I think having the racist terry picked instead of him because terry's victim was his brother makes it understandable. After that i don't think i would play for England again, its does not say much for the FA allowing that. Then you have all the rubbish from fans because of it. I doubt he is that thrilled with the English Liverpool players and the FA with the Suarez indecent.
Good riddance ...the man is a disgrace to the national team with his attitude of club before country....pathetic individual. Not a bad player but should know right from wrong and clearly doesn't.
I worry about English football, as if the last generation of players to come through were not bad enough for their ego's, arrogance and stupidity, we've now got even more of them coming through. In fact they are going to be worst. This whole twitter business is just getting stupid, clubs should ban their players for using it, it's almost taking over the world
Both RF and JT will have fans who love and hate them. What I will say that when both were on their game, they made one of the best central defensive partnerships in Europe. Shame that other matters now cloud their on-field achievements.
SAF retires, Scholes Retires, this gangster retires from International football, Terry will retire after all the man is past his best and just does the honour of going to life Mickey mouse cups when he has played no part in it what so ever. Owen is to retire. Giggs is 38 and the man is still playing, this is what u call....nope not a legend, a GREEDY MAN!!!! retire boy and go back to Wales. BOOO!
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whats wrong Rio...not getting any media attention.i think you may find you were in retirement anyway!
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