Youth coaching must improve - Rio
Rio Ferdinand insists a change to youth coaching is needed if England are to produce a team capable of winning international tournaments.
- Related Content
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."