Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has come out in defence of Raheem Sterling’s decision to tell Roy Hodgson that he was tired prior to England’s clash with Bosnia, as reported by the Daily Express.
Sterling was left out of the starting line up in Sunday’s clash after expressing fatigue to Hodgson during a training session, with fellow Liverpool star Adam Lallana taking his place in the side.
The 19 year old star was still able to make a big impact on the game, winning the free kick which Wayne Rooney converted, after coming off the bench in the 64th minute.
England went on to win the game by that solitary goal, but despite the 1-0 victory, Sterling’s actions were criticised by some fans.
Ferdinand has, however, launched a defence of the young star.
He posted the following on his Twitter account in response to some of the anger that has been directed at the highly rated Sterling.
Manchester United’s former hero Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Wayne Rooney suffered from severe anger when he first moved to Old Trafford, and that the player used to smash phones on a regular basis, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Ferdinand returned to the Manchester club last weekend, playing there with his new side Queens Park Rangers. The Harry Redknapp-managed team fell to a staggering 4-0 loss, offering little in the way of resistance to a resurgent Man Utd side, buoyed by a significant spend in the last moments of the summer transfer window.
The defender has recently serialised his new autobiography in The Sun, and in this, he reveals how Wayne Rooney was during his early days at Man Utd.
Ferdinand wrote: “Wayne Rooney always struck me as a very angry young man, always arguing with people outside the training ground, especially on the phone.
“He seemed to fly into a rage about the smallest things and went through mobile phones like they were sweets.
“He’d smash phones up in frustration throwing them on the concrete. Other players used to laugh about it.”
Rooney has since been appointed captain of both the Old Trafford club and the England national side this summer, and is into his tenth year as a player for Man Utd.
Former Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand has said that he believes the club have gone into reverse since the new season began, as a series of struggling displays belied the optimism that surrounded the club during pre season, with the quotes from the ex-club captain reported by The Guardian.
Man Utd performed well in pre season, including a victory in the International Champions Cup, beating Liverpool in the final to win the tournament, but they have struggled since the Premier League kicked off for another season.
Louis van Gaal has yet to win a competitive game since his arrival in Manchester. A loss against Swansea City at home in their opening game has been followed by a pair of draws, including a goalless encounter against newly promoted team Burnley.
The lowest point came against MK Dons in the League Cup, when Van Gaal’s charges slumped to a staggering 4-0 loss against the League Two side.
Ferdinand, who returns to Old Trafford on Sunday with new club Queens Park Rangers, said: “I have to be honest, pre-season I was really excited for Man United.
“They looked really fit, really decisive, and looked like they had a good understanding of the system.
“But it was almost like a reversal once the season started.”