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Roy Hodgson tells tube passengers Rio Ferdinand won"t play again

Rio's England career is at end of the line… the astonishing tube announcement Hodgson delivered to fellow passengers on way to Arsenal match

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UPDATED:

07:04 GMT, 4 October 2012

Roy Hodgson is facing major embarrassment over claims he announced the end of Rio Ferdinand’s international career to passengers on a London tube train.

The England manager is due to discuss his squad at a press conference at Wembley on Thursday morning and Ferdinand, 33, is not expected to be among those selected for this month’s World Cup double header against San Marino and Poland.

But telling members of the public on a Jubilee Line train on Wednesday night – Hodgson was travelling to Arsenal for their Champions League game – that Ferdinand had reached ‘the end of the road’, as the reports claim, will be seen as shoddy treatment of a former England captain.

Embarrassing moment: Roy Hodgson (at Arsenal to watch the Champions League on Wednesday night) is reported to have told tube passengers that Rio Ferdinand's England career was over

Embarrassing moment: Roy Hodgson (at Arsenal to watch the Champions League on Wednesday night) is reported to have told tube passengers that Rio Ferdinand's England career was over

Hodgson is reported as saying, when asked whether Ferdinand would be in the squad: ‘I very much doubt it. He hasn’t played for England for quite a while. I have to say it is over for him and England.

‘It has got to be the end of the road. He is pushing 34 and hasn’t played for England for a long, long time.’

Ferdinand, capped 81 times, had not given up on an England recall, and his hopes were raised after John Terry’s decision to quit international football.

End of the road Ferdinand international career looks to be over

End of the road Ferdinand international career looks to be over

But Hodgson appeared to put an end to that with Wednesday’s indiscreet confession.

The manager, meanwhile, has assured West Ham he will take no risks with Andy Carroll when he names him in his squad on Thursday.

Hodgson has no plans to start the most expensive English footballer in history against either San Marino or Poland. He is a huge admirer of the 23-year-old but also acknowledges that he has played less than 20 minutes of football since returning from a hamstring injury.

Making his Mark: Noble could be included in Hodgson's sqaud with Carroll

Making his Mark: Noble could be included in Hodgson's sqaud with Carroll

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had said he would speak to Hodgson to voice his concerns and it seems has been heeded. Earlier this week Allardyce said: ‘I would speak to Roy and just give him the full rundown on Andy’s lack of match fitness.

‘He’s only come back from the Euros and his holidays and played twice for Liverpool. He’s played 68 minutes for us then played 20 minutes on his return from injury. So he’s woefully short of match practice, which is a delicate thing for a manager to have to deal with.

Out of the running: Terry won't be available to Hodgson after retiring

Out of the running: Terry won't be available to Hodgson after retiring

‘I’m sure Roy would deal with that in
the right way. He’s certainly not ready for 90 minutes but it would give
him some match practice so long as it’s done sensibly.’

Hodgson could spring one or two surprises in his squad. It is understood he has been giving consideration to West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, who has been outstanding this season — so much so that England coach Gary Neville made him his man of the match for Sky on Monday night when West Ham beat QPR.

Appeal: Hodgson could turn his attentions to Spurs centre-half Dawson

Appeal: Hodgson could turn his attentions to Spurs centre-half Dawson

His choice of centre halves could also be interesting. With Terry having retired and Ferdinand apparently not an option, the search for a fourth central defender to join Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka looks like a difficult one.

With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling injured, Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross and Tottenham’s Michael Dawson are thought to be in contention.

England squad: Roy Hodgson says Rio Ferdinand won"t play international football again

Rio's at end of the line: Hodgson tells tube passengers Ferdinand's England career is over

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 3 October 2012

Roy Hodgson was facing major embarrassment over claims he announced the end of Rio Ferdinand’s international career to passengers on a London tube train.

The England manager is due to discuss his squad at a press conference at Wembley on Thursday morning and Ferdinand, 33, is not expected to be among those selected for this month’s World Cup double header against San Marino and Poland.

But telling members of the public on a Jubilee Line train on Wednesday night — Hodgson was travelling to Arsenal for their Champions League game — that Ferdinand had reached ‘the end of the road’, as the reports claim, will be seen as shoddy treatment of a former England captain.

Embarrassing moment: Roy Hodgson is reported to have told tube passengers that Rio Ferdinand's England career was over

Embarrassing moment: Roy Hodgson is reported to have told tube passengers that Rio Ferdinand's England career was over

Hodgson is reported as saying, when asked whether Ferdinand would be in the squad: ‘I very much doubt it. He hasn’t played for England for quite a while. I have to say it is over for him and England.

‘It has got to be the end of the road. He is pushing 34 and hasn’t played for England for a long, long time.’

Ferdinand, capped 81 times, had not given up on an England recall, and his hopes were raised after John Terry’s decision to quit international football.

End of the road Ferdinand international career looks to be over

End of the road Ferdinand international career looks to be over

But Hodgson appeared to put an end to that with Wednesday’s indiscreet confession.

The manager, meanwhile, has assured West Ham he will take no risks with Andy Carroll when he names him in his squad on Thursday.

Hodgson has no plans to start the most expensive English footballer in history against either San Marino or Poland. He is a huge admirer of the 23-year-old but also acknowledges that he has played less than 20 minutes of football since returning from a hamstring injury.

Making his Mark: Noble could be included in Hodgson's sqaud as well as Andy Carroll

Making his Mark: Noble could be included in Hodgson's sqaud as well as Andy Carroll

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had said he would speak to Hodgson to voice his concerns and it seems has been heeded. Earlier this week Allardyce said: ‘I would speak to Roy and just give him the full rundown on Andy’s lack of match fitness.

‘He’s only come back from the Euros and his holidays and played twice for Liverpool. He’s played 68 minutes for us then played 20 minutes on his return from injury. So he’s woefully short of match practice, which is a delicate thing for a manager to have to deal with.

Out of the running: Terry won't be available to Hodgson after retiring

Out of the running: Terry won't be available to Hodgson after retiring

‘I’m sure Roy would deal with that in
the right way. He’s certainly not ready for 90 minutes but it would give
him some match practice so long as it’s done sensibly.’

Hodgson could spring one or two surprises in his squad. It is understood he has been giving consideration to West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, who has been outstanding this season — so much so that England coach Gary Neville made him his man of the match for Sky on Monday night when West Ham beat QPR.

Appeal: Hodgson could turn his attentions to Spurs centre-half Dawson

Appeal: Hodgson could turn his attentions to Spurs centre-half Dawson

His choice of centre halves could also be interesting. With Terry having retired and Ferdinand apparently not an option, the search for a fourth central defender to join Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka looks like a difficult one.

With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling injured, Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross and Tottenham’s Michael Dawson are thought to be in contention.

Manchester City fan cries at Swansea

Get a grip! City fan caught crying his eyes out as Swansea stun title hopefuls

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UPDATED:

10:00 GMT, 12 March 2012

When watching the following video, you would be forgiven for thinking that the world was about to end.

Or that this Manchester City fan had received some devastating news.

But in fact, his side had simply fallen a goal behind at Swansea, a result which left Roberto Mancini's men just TWO points behind rivals Manchester United in the race for the Premier League title.

Ah, but surely the season must be almost over, for a single goal to evoke such emotion

Sadly not. There are still 10 games remaining; more than a quarter of the fixture list remains unfulfilled.

Well in that case, the title must be in United's hands for a grown man to shed so many tears in a public arena

Defining moment: Luke Moore's goal relegated Manchester City into second

Defining moment: Luke Moore's goal relegated Manchester City into second

Wrong again. City face their great rivals and title holders Manchester United in a do-or-die clash on April 30.

If Mancini's side win their remaining games, the trophy will be winging its way to the Etihad Stadium.

One thing's for sure; if this fan wasn't already facing a torrent of abuse from his United co-workers on Monday morning, he'll now be taking the flak from both camps after they see his embarrassing moment of shame.