Time to move on from Rio - Shilton

Peter Shilton believes England should move on from defender Rio Ferdinand, pictured

Peter Shilton believes England should move on from defender Rio Ferdinand, pictured

First published in National Sport News © by

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has urged Roy Hodgson to resist calls for Rio Ferdinand's international return.

The Manchester United defender was left out of the squad for the 2012 European Championship, with fellow centre-back John Terry, who on Sunday retired from England duty, selected despite the court case awaiting him. Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates Court of racially abusing Ferdinand's younger brother Anton while playing for Chelsea against QPR last season.

Terry's retirement gave rise to widespread suggestions Rio Ferdinand could be reinstated, despite national team coach Hodgson's insistence that he was left out of the tournament squad for purely "footballing reasons", but Shilton feels it is time to move on, and he told BBC Sport: "His time has gone. We have to look to the future and I would look to the youth."

Shilton, 63, who won a record 125 England caps, backed Terry's Chelsea colleague Gary Cahill and Manchester City's Joleon Lescott to establish themselves as Hodgson's first-choice pairing.

He added: "Cahill is someone I've always admired and I thought Lescott had an excellent Euros. At the moment, I'd go with those two."

Labelling Terry's retirement "premature", he added: "Reading the press, I think Roy Hodgson feels the same way. Terry was recognised not only for his playing ability, but also for his leadership qualities."

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