England’s golden generation were killed by club rivalries Rio Ferdinand


Michael Carrick describes to ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden his frustration with his England career and how it affected him at Manchester United.

Rio Ferdinand has admitted club rivalries “killed” England’s chances at major tournaments while their so-called “golden generation” were playing.

Teams featuring the likes of former Manchester United defender Ferdinand, long-time Chelsea captain John Terry and midfield stars Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes failed to ever progress beyond the quarterfinals of a World Cup or European Championship.

And Ferdinand says his drive to win trophies with United prevented him from bonding with players from rival clubs while on international duty.

He told the Times magazine: “It overshadowed things. It killed that England team, that generation.

“One year we would have been fighting Liverpool to win the league, another year it would be Chelsea. So I was never going to walk into the England dressing room and open up to Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry or Joe Cole at Chelsea, or Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher at Liverpool because of the fear they would take something back to their club and use it against us.

“I didn’t realise that what I was doing was hurting England at the time. I was so engrossed, so obsessed with winning with Man United — nothing else mattered.”

Source link

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Dodgers vs. Mariners – Game Recap – August 18, 2018
Carabao Cup draw – Southampton get Brighton, Newcastle at Forest
Doc Edwards, manager of Indians in 1980s, dies at 81
MLB — Oakland Athletics aren’t going away in AL West race
Madison Keys reaches Cincinnati quarterfinals; Sloane Stephens upset by Elise Mertens

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *