Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United

Euro 2012 – England National Team Update

Fergie praised Rio Ferdinand’s “fantastic season”, remarking he is fit to be included in the Euro 2012 England national team squad.

“Experience is going to be important” said Ferguson.

Recently named England boss Roy Hodgson has said he will speak to Ferdinand about being involved with England.

Following allegations that England team-mate John Terry racially abused Ferdinand’s brother and QPR defender Anton, Ferdinand said he wanted to “concentrate on playing for Manchester United.”

Ferdinand has featured 36 times for United this season.

“He has done fantastic this season and has coped very well,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson added he thought that fellow United defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling should be part of the England squad as well.

Ferguson backs Hodgson to do a good job for England.

“Roy, as everyone has pointed out, has fantastic experience,” Ferguson said. “He is a good man and has the right profile for the job in every respect.

“I have always said that for that England job, you need to be in your 60s.

“Do you really need club football when, at that age, you could be managing your national team?

“I always said Jock Stein was the perfect age for managing Scotland. He had all that experience of managing Celtic. Roy has all that experience behind him.”

Poland and Ukraine will host the European Championships for the first time in 2012, welcoming 14 other teams and football fans from across the continent.

World champions Spain will defend the title won in Austria and Switzerland four years ago, when Chelsea striker Fernando Torres scored the only goal of the final against Germany.

The Germans, who like Spain went undefeated in winning the tournament in 1996, will also be back as Joachim Low’s team seek a fourth title in the competition’s 52-year history.

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