Football: Rio says England have identity crisis and calls for reform
LONDON (AFP) - Former England football defender Rio Ferdinand claims that the current national side have lost their identity and has called for an overhaul of the national coaching strategy.
The Manchester United centre-back, 34, played at three World Cups but never went beyond the quarter-finals, and he believes the reason England are continually eclipsed by teams like Spain and Italy is because they have no coherent playing style.
"What is our identity?" said Ferdinand, who retired from international football in May.
"I've said that on Twitter I don't know how many times and people come back and say, 'What are you talking about?' But what is our identity?