England coach Hodgson happy to go with Man Utd's Carrick at centre-half ahead of Ferdinand

England coach Roy Hodgson may have insulted Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand again yesterday.

England coach Roy Hodgson may have insulted Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand again yesterday.

Hodgson confessed he regarded Ferdinand's teammate Michael Carrick as a centre-half option.

Asked whether he was worried about his centre-back options, Hodgson said: “I think it’s an area where you get stronger.

“First of all, we’ve got Carrick in the squad who can always go back there, in a game where you’ve got more of the ball than the opposition.”

The disclosure that Carrick is a better option is sure to anger Ferdinand, who has kept a dignified silence about his exclusion.

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