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Rio Ferdinand calls for improved England coaching strategy

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Rio Ferdinand has voiced his views regarding the England team over the past decade.

After a disappointing draw with the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday, former striker Gary Lineker was quick to criticise the system England used - and now the Manchester United defender has done the same.

Ferdinand wrote on his official Facebook page: "In the last 10 years when have England played consistently well? A coaching strategy for our young teams/kids needs to be implemented to see change.

"In most Premier League teams retaining the ball is done best by foreign players in the team... they are taught to pass to a man with a man on."

Few could disagree with what the 34-year-old has said with England managing no further than the quarter-finals of a major tournament since Euro '96.

The Three Lions also failed to qualify for Euro 2008, during the time of the supposed 'golden generation.'

Ferdinand added on Twitter: "So called 'Golden generation' obviously wasn't 'golden' because we won nothing! Great players don't always make great teams."

The defender announced his retirement from international football earlier this month after making 81 appearances for his country. 

Ferdinand last made an England appearance in 2011, although he was part of the aforementioned 'golden generation'.

During this time, England reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, while reaching the same stage in Portugal at Euro 2004.

 

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