England manager Roy Hodgson has no intention of “digging a grave” for his team if England fail in their next challenge against Montenegro on Tuesday, but that is exactly what the England support appear to have done to Rio Ferdinand’s international career.
“Fu*k off Rio Ferdinand” as sang by the travelling support during the 8-0 victory over San Marino.
“Of course I heard it, i’m not deaf. But I’ve absolutely no comment to make on it.”
Hodgson has emerged as the moral victor over the issue of Ferdinand’s fitness.
Ferdinand explained himself on Al Jazeera television before England’s game against San Marino, watch below:
England will head to Montenegro still trailing by two points in Group H ahead of Tuesday’s match.
After avoiding more Ferdinand questions, Hodgson said:
“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, 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 tonight and revel in the fact there were exceptional moves and goals in there.”
“We did have some forlorn hope that Gary Cahill might recover, but I was warned it was extremely unlikely, and he’s not trained yet so there’s no chance of him joining us.”