Rio Ferdinand has defended Raheem Sterling, who asked to be left out of the England starting XI which defeated Estonia 1-0 in Tallinn on Sunday evening after claiming to be too tired to play to his best.
QPR centre-back Ferdinand, who retired from international football last year having won 81 caps for England, says that Sterling asking to be left out of the team was for the benefit of the team, and revealed that former foreign team-mates such as Carlos Tevez would often ask to be left out of training sessions to be fit for the weekend.
"Sterling - tired, fair play to him. English players are normally too proud to do that unlike our foreign friends," Ferdinand wrote on Twitter today.
"For instance, Tevez would come in some days and sit on the massage bed while the team trained...'I'm tired'..match day - firing and energised."
Estonia 0 England 1 player ratings
Estonia 0 England 1 player ratings
1/12 Joe Hart
Another quiet night for England’s No 1. A spectator for the most part in Tallinn, though his distribution was wayward at times when required. 6/10
2/12 Calum Chambers
Often sloppy on the ball but matches like this will stand him in good stead for the future, especially when being played out of position. 5
3/12 Gary Cahill
Fast becoming Mr Dependable in England’s backline. Always in the best position, and gave Estonia’s forwards no chance during rare attacks. 8
4/12 Phil Jagielka
A slightly subdued performance but made up for that with a couple of well-timed challenges. Not over-worked but solid alongside Cahill. 5
5/12 Leighton Baines
Plenty of time and space to attack, with his passing as slick as his hairstyle. Rooney should have put away left-back’s cross in the first half. 7
6/12 Jack Wilshere
Despite his starting position as the deep-lying midfielder, he constantly looked to set England on the attack. A couple of delightful through-balls. 9
7/12 Jordan Henderson
Steady from the Liverpool midfielder, with some great movement but the 24-year-old lacked incision with his final ball. Can do better. 6
8/12 Fabian Delph
Often found himself reverting to left-back as cover for the adventurous Baines who was always looking to get forward. Replaced after 61 minutes. 5
9/12 Adam Lallana
The attacking tip of Hodgson’s diamond. Linked up well with Rooney, Henderson and Wilshere and made promising runs into dangerous areas. 6
10/12 Wayne Rooney
His celebration was one of pure relief after his missed chances began stacking up. Stepped up with fine free-kick when it mattered. 7
11/12 Danny Welbeck
Sluggish. The Arsenal man just could not get going at all in Tallinn. Heavy in the touch. Had to drop back to get any involvement in the game. 4
12/12 Best of the bench: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
His pace posed some problems as the clock wound down, and he came close to setting up Rooney for a late second which the captain couldn’t finish. 6
He added: "Either some real dumb heads on here or they just missed the point totally. Doing what's better for the team and yourself long term.
Sterling - tired, fair play to him. English players are normally too proud to do that unlike our foreign friends. #FreshWhenItMattersMostRio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 13, 2014
For instance, Tevez would come in some days and sit on the massage bed while the team trained..."I'm tired"..match day - firing & energisedRio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 13, 2014
With more rest at the right times throughout seasons Rooney would have gone into tournaments for England fresher 100%.... Too proud again.Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 13, 2014
Same could be said of Gerard, Lampard, JT, A.Cole myself etc-all too proud to sit out of training or a match with the bigger picture in mindRio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 13, 2014
Going by many of the responses on here - because players earn a fortune they cannot get tired leave off!!Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 13, 2014
"With more rest at the right times throughout seasons Rooney would have gone into tournaments for England fresher 100%.... Too proud again."Reuse content