Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v Lithuania

Friday, 27 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Celtic Park

Last Game

Scotland 1 - 3 England

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 20:00

International Match

Hodgson silent on Rio chants

Roy Hodgson declined to comment on the chants by England fans about Rio Ferdinand during the 8-0 World Cup qualifying win over San Marino.

Last Updated: 23/03/13 at 20:09 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: England coach not commenting on Rio Ferdinand abuse

Roy Hodgson: England coach not commenting on Rio Ferdinand abuse

Ferdinand withdrew from the squad for the away double-header against San Marino and Montenegro due to his 'intricate and pre-planned' fitness regime.

However, the Manchester United defender created a further talking point by travelling to Qatar to be a TV pundit for Friday's victory and that prompted a fierce reaction from the England fans in attendance at the game.

The 34-year-old defended his trip to the Middle East, while Hodgson would not be drawn on the abuse which has prompted claims it will be difficult for the England coach to select Ferdinand again.

"Of course I heard it," Hodgson said. "I'm not deaf. But I've absolutely no comment to make on it."

Ferdinand, speaking during his media engagement in Qatar, repeated his earlier belief he has done nothing to be ashamed of.

He said: "This is something I've done in past international get-togethers when I've not been involved."

Meanwhile, Hodgson confirmed that Chelsea centre-half Gary Cahill and Arsenal winger Theo Walcott will not be available for Tuesday's crucial qualifier against group leaders Montenegro.

"We did have some forlorn hope that Gary Cahill might recover," Hodgson said. "But I was warned it was extremely unlikely, and he's not trained yet so there's no chance of him joining us.

"And right at the start of training yesterday, Theo Walcott was crossing a ball. The pitch was slippy, he followed up the cross and immediately felt a twinge in his pelvic area.

"We took him for a scan and there's a slight tear in a very unusual area. He's going back home, but hopefully he won't be out for too long."

Defeat in Montenegro would leave England five points adrift of first place in the group, but Hodgson does not feel such a result would wreck his team's prospects of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil.

"It would be a great lift to win on Tuesday, but if we don't get it I won't be getting the spade out to dig a grave for the team," Hodgson said.

"There are 15 points to play for and the team is capable of getting a large number of those points to see us through.

"Beating Brazil gave us confidence and most people will look at the football we played [against San Marino] and revel in the fact there were exceptional moves and goals in there."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5 ahead of his expected return to Atletico Madrid.

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property