England Don't Stand A Chance At Euro 2016, Believes Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand, former Manchester United defender, believes England don't stand a chance of winning the Euro 2016 in France.
- Jaideep Bhandarkar
- Updated: February 10, 2016 07:31 PM IST
England may have qualified for this summer's European Championships in France on the back a flawless qualifying campaign in Group E that saw them win all 10 games. However, if England believe that they cross the English Channel as one of the favorites to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy for the first time, one man is not convinced. (Rio Ferdinand Believes India Needs One Big Footballer)
Former England Captain and ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who is in India as part of a charity initiative involving BT Sports, believes England are unlikely to go past the last 8 of the tournament, something they haven't done since reaching the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
Speaking exclusively to NDTV, the 37-year-old said he wasn't optimistic about the current squad going too far in the tournament.
"Based on what I have seen I don't think so. If you got to go through the quarters and the semis and the final of this tournament and potentially win it, you've got to beat France, you got to beat Germany and you got to beat Spain. I don't think England will be able to do that, given what we have seen. I just don't think they are capable," Ferdinand said.
Ferdinand retired from competitive football at the end of the 2014-2015 season, one that he spent with Queens Park Rangers after he was considered surplus to excess at Manchester United during the ill-fated reign under David Moyes.
Despite his somewhat acrimonious exit from Old Trafford, the former Manchester United skipper still refers to the club as 'Us' and is disappointed with how standards have fallen at the 13 time English Premier League Champions.
"From when I left, I knew it would be difficult. But I expected more. I expected us to make a bigger change under the new manager but it just hasn't gone as well as we would have liked. I think the biggest problem today is the style of football. If you speak to anybody, that's the biggest problem for people. They can understand not winning sometimes, but if you play the right way, the philosophy that everyone has come to expect from Manchester United, then people will be more accommodated. But that has not been the case."
Ferdinand, who is now a TV Pundit on British Television believes his former club has some big decisions to make in the summer with regards to the future of Manager Louis van Gaal with various English media outlets claiming the Dutchman will be sacked at the end of the season.
"If you are the current manager of Manchester United, or any football club and your name is being touted about getting the sack and about people getting put in, it's definitely not nice to hear. But that's the industry we are in and that happens. You can't say I don't like it, you're here, this is what you have been doing for years and that's the way it is so you have got to accept it."
With Pep Guardiola's arrival at neighbors Manchester City in the summer, Manchester United Chief Executive Ed Woodward will have to make a decision that could have a long standing effect on the club's future. Ferdinand certainly believes that the higher ups at Old Trafford have their task cut out if they are to put up a challenge to the Spaniard from making City the more prominent club in Manchester
"Jose Mourinho's name is getting mentioned. If you want someone whose got a career track record in winning in the Premier League and various other countries, then he's that guy. But if you want someone who understands the philosophy, whose respectful of the philosophy, who identifies with the fans, knows the place inside out, whose going to be a bigger risk, then Ryan Giggs is that guy"
Clearly Manchester United are going to have a busy summer, both on and off the pitch come end of this season.