Man Utd benefitting from Ferdinand’s England exclusion, says Giggs

Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United have benefitted from the decision of England manager Roy Hodgson to leave Rio Ferdinand out of the national team set-up, according to the Daily Mail.

Ferdinand has not played for England since June 2011, with Hodgson taking over as manager around a year ago and choosing to exclude Ferdinand from each one of the England squads he has named, including the party that travelled to Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland last summer.

Hodgson has insisted Ferdinand is out of the picture due to “football reasons” and reacted angrily when asked about the issue again recently, stressing that he wants the issue put to bed and that he had moved on from it.

Giggs however feels that Ferdinand has proved he is still international calibre of many occasions this season, not least against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. Giggs said: “We’re just happy that he’s playing so well for United. The rest of the stuff we’re not too bothered about as long as he keeps putting in performances like that.

To still be playing at 34 at that standard is testimony to the way he has looked after himself and the ability he has got. You do have to change your game as you get older and he has done that really well,” Giggs added.

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