Snubbed Rio should forget England and focus on Manchester United, says Redknapp
09:45 GMT, 5 October 2012
Rio Ferdinand is better off without England, according to former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.
Current England manager Roy Hodgson told punters on a London tube train that the Manchester United defender wouldn't make his current squad.
Redknapp doesn't think this is really a bad thing for the 33-year-old, telling The Sun: 'At this time of his life, does Rio really need trips with England
Winning on the road: Ferdinand celebrates United's Champions League victory against Cluj
'I don’t think he needs all that aggro any more. He still has a couple of years left in him at the very top level — maybe more if he is not playing for England.
'And if he’s not wanted then he shouldn’t waste his time even thinking about England.
'Concentrate on playing for your club. Focus on that and he probably won’t miss England.
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'He’s not exactly been a regular for a while now and has had his injuries.
'Were Rio in his prime then this would be a bombshell. But Rio should listen to his body.'
Ferdinand was criticised for his performance after last weekend's match against Tottenham.
Back in the day: Ferdinand in action for England in 2010
But Redknapp hit back, saying: 'He has been called slow. Don’t be ridiculous.
'Rio could still take most players over 20 yards but in Gareth Bale he was up against the Usain Bolt of English football.'