Hodgson finds Ferdinand replacement Gerrard believes England can do the job well
With Rio Ferdinand opting to choose out of the England squad because of fitness program and Gary Cahill and John Terry nursing their untimely injuries, England coach Roy Hodgson has decided to use Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, Tottenham Hotspur’s Steven Caulker and Newcastle United’s Steven Taylor in the defense of his team.
This unorthodox move could spell disaster for Roy Hodgson, but not against a team like San Marino and Montenegro. The Three Lions boss still has two days before England meets San Marino and Montenegro for their World Cup qualifying match and despite their recent setback Roy Hodgson and Co. are still hot-favorites to win the game.
Roy Hodgson has informed that all four the defenders in the England squad; Joleon Lescott, Chris Smalling, Steven Caulker and Steven Taylor are in contention for a first-team spot.
“To accept that (Carrick could play in defense) I have to accept that we have problems in central defense,” Roy Hodgson said. “I think we have four very good players here. Players who play at top clubs in the Premier League, players who have got experience in the sense of Lescott and Smalling, who has got a few games behind him.
“Players like Steven Taylor, who has played around 29 games for the Under-21s and helped Newcastle to an excellent finish last year and a quarter-final spot in the Europa League. So as far as I am concerned I would be loath to start using people like Michael Carrick who has been selected for his prowess as a midfield player.
“It would be enormously harsh on the four centre backs we have got here. All of whom are vying for a place in the team and would be desperate for a place in the team.”
England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard didn’t seem to be happy about Ferdinand’s snub to the opportunity to play for England. Steven Gerrard refused to comment on the situation, but he did express disappointment over being unable to meet with the rest of the England squad.
“I don't think it's for me to comment,” Steven Gerrard said on Rio Ferdinand. “That's something for the manager to deal with to be honest. I just look at the players in the squad and worry about those players really.
“Of course it's disappointing Rio's not here, because he's a fantastic player and he's in top form, and it would've been nice for him to be here, but he's not, we move on without him and training's been really good.”
Upon being questioned, Steven Gerrard admitted England can produce positive results without Rio Ferdinand on the field.
“Yes I do, certainly on the evidence I've seen in training the last few days,” Steven Gerrard said. “Repeating what the manager said, the four guys have been working hard and training well and they are all pushing for places. I'm confident that they can not only do the job (on Friday night) but on Tuesday night as well.”