For the first time in a long time, Manchester United and England centre-half Rio Ferdinand is beginning to have his reputation placed under the microscope after his error led to Ukraine’s solitary strike against the Three Lions on Saturday.
In one of the better articles on Rio’s recent slump, the Independent’s Sam Wallace tip-toes down memory lane to recall the defender’s worrying errors of later.
Wallace: “[Capello] does have a decision to make on Ferdinand, an outrageously talented defender who has, in this season alone, made far too many critical errors for it all to be a coincidence. Against the Netherlands in August, Ferdinand presented Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt with the ball for the first goal in a 2-2 draw. For United against Manchester City, he gave the ball to Martin Petrov in injury time in the build-up to Craig Bellamy’s goal to make the score 3-3. These kind of errors have been a feature of Ferdinand’s game forever â€“ even Sven Goran Eriksson dropped him for a World Cup qualifier in 2005 for slackness â€“ but surely he should be doing it less these days, not more?”
Recalling Rio’s wall of shame, Ferdinand’s error against Holland can be seen here, his miscued pass in the Manchester derby can be seen here, while his latest misjudgment against the Ukraine can be seen here.