Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has discussed comparisons with Rio Ferdinand.
Smalling has been one of the shining lights of a difficult season for United, making 28 Premier League appearances in an otherwise injury-hit defence.
Only two players – Juan Mata and Daley Blind – have played more minutes in the league this season, and Smalling has received the plaudits for his performances over the past year.
Michael Owen asked back in November why people were raving about Smalling’s performance as he “could play there”, but Michael Owen is a bit silly so let’s ignore him.
Smalling’s showings have even seen him likened to United legend Ferdinand (apparently), a comparison the 26-year-old is honoured by.
“It is nice to hear yourself being compared to great players,” Smalling told talkSPORT.
“Everyone has their own traits but if you are being compared to players like Rio Ferdinand then you must be doing something well and hopefully I can keep that going.”
On his chances of playing for England at Euro 2016, Smalling added: “I feel I have put my name right at the forefront and after playing the last two England games I hope I can keep that shirt and carry on my good form into the summer.”
You are at number 2 in the England ladder, Chris. You are heading to France, pal.