Ferdinand details part Ferguson played in England’s lack of trophies
Rio Ferdinand has detailed how Sir Alex Ferguson's desire to win trophies at Manchester United ultimately hindered England's own pursuit for glory.
Former Red Devils defender Ferdinand was part of the Three Lions' golden generation – which included the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard – but they failed to live up to their hype at major tournaments.
Ferdinand has previously admitted that how there was a lack of squad harmony in the England dressing room due to players plying their trade for Premier League rivals, meaning they were unable to forget the club rivalries when they linked up for international duty.
And the ex-Three Lions ace has again opened up on why his national team underperformed so often, suggesting that legendary Red Devils boss Ferguson certainly played his part.
Speaking on an Instagram Live: "I think Fergie might have played a little part in it as well, because he was so clever.
"You’d be going away, you’d finish a game on Saturday, you’d win a game on Saturday, and he’d go, 'Right, I’ll see you after the international break boys'. And he’ll go like, 'You, you and you, if you play more than 45 minutes I’m going to kill you when you get back'.
"So it would be in the back of your mind, you’d be thinking, 'Oh my god, I’m under pressure when I come back'.
"I’d have played 90 minutes and you’re walking into training and he’s sitting looking at you like that [furious], 'What did I tell you?' It was mad."
Ferdinand also suggested that past England managers were afraid to drop big-name stars, while their tactics were also questionable.
He added: "On paper that was probably the best team England have had for years and years and years, probably since 1966 on paper.
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