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"Giant" Rio deserves better

SHOULD BE WITH THE THREE LIONS ON MERIT: Rio Ferdinand

WE ARE led to believe that Rio Ferdinand’s exclusion from the Euro 2012 squad, which has now arrived in Poland, is down to football reasons.

It is the sort of broad term that we have become used to hearing from exceptionally bright people who do not want to answer direct questions. Anybody remember the former President Bill Clinton’s "I did not have sexual relations"?

Anyway, as with all things contrived fate has a wonderful way of slapping you in the face. Injuries have meant that those “footballing reasons” have come under even greater scrutiny. Are you really telling me that Rio does not make it into this present England team on merit?

Remember Manchester United without their captain and talisman, Nemanja Vidic, came within goal difference of winning the Premier League with Rio performing like a giant in the heart of defence. I guess I have betrayed an opinion right?

Whatever happens in Poland and the Ukraine, with John Terry's trial and one imagines a whole host of Premier League stars being called as witnesses, the Olympics may well have competition in terms of news coverage this summer

Congratulations to Chelsea for winning the Champions League. I think Gary Neville was right when he said that sometimes it is written.

I do wonder about clubs though. Chelsea are looking for a new manager. For what exactly?

What about rewarding loyalty and indeed success? Chelsea have told Roberto Di Matteo they would like him to remain as manager; with sources at Stamford Bridge increasingly confident the Italian will still be in charge at the start of the new season, but why the delay?

Tottenham are no better. I am hearing that there might be serious problems with the Harry Redknapp contract negotiations.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy apparently favours a one year rolling contract. Is this the same club that was going to fight so hard to keep him when they thought England were after him?

Oh dear how Harry’s stock has fallen. I would just like to point out that Spurs have had three consecutive top five finishes under this manager for the first time since the Beatles and that when he arrived they were in danger of being relegated

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