Youth coaching must improve - Rio

  • Last Updated: May 31 2013, 15:41 BST

Rio Ferdinand insists a change to youth coaching is needed if England are to produce a team capable of winning international tournaments.

Rio Ferdinand: Won 81 England caps
Rio Ferdinand: Won 81 England caps

Ferdinand's comments come after former England striker Gary Lineker labelled Roy Hodgson's 4-4-2 formation against the Republic of Ireland as being from the "dark ages".

The Manchester United player's remarks came as Hodgson and some England players visited a Sport Relief project in Rio de Janeiro ahead of Sunday's friendly against Brazil.

Ferdinand said on Twitter: "[In the] last 10 years when have England played consistenly well? A coaching strategy for our young teams/kids needs to be implemented to see change.

"In most PL 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."

Ferdinand, who announced his international retirement earlier this year, was part of the so-called Golden Generation of talented English players but he insists that label stands for nothing.

"[The] So-called 'Golden Generation' obviously wasn't because we won nothing! Great players don't always make great teams."


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