Pallister backs Ferdinand to keep Man Utd and England places

Rio Ferdinand’s future as a mainstay in the Manchester United and England sides has been portrayed as being in severe jeopardy by the mainstream UK media in recent weeks but Gary Pallister believes the defender still possesses the quality to continue being an important servant for both club and country, the Manchester Evening News has reported.

The emergence of a batch of excellent young defenders combined with Ferdinand being consistently plagued with injury problems, has resulted in his involvement for Manchester United and England being marginalised this season, so much so in the latter case that he has been omitted from Fabio Capello’s squad for the Euro 2012 Qualifier in Montenegro, to be played on Friday night.

However, former United defender Pallister does not doubt that Ferdinand is far from finished as a player at the very highest level. “Most definitely don’t write Rio off. People have been writing Rio off for about 18 months now but he’s still a top class defender. He’s stylish and silky and still top drawer. He still looks a fantastic player to me,” said Pallister.

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