Pallister insists the 32-year-old still has much to offer both the Reds and the Three Lions.
‚ÄúMost definitely you don‚Äôt write Rio off,‚ÄĚ Pallister told the Manchester Evening News.
‚ÄúPeople have been writing Rio off for about 18 months now but he‚Äôs still a top class defender. He‚Äôs stylish and silky and still top drawer. He still looks a fantastic player to me.
‚ÄúI think Fabio Capello would be a fool to continue to overlook him. I am sure he will be looking at him as an important member of the squad for Euro 2012 if and when we make it to the finals next summer.‚ÄĚ
Ferdinand will be 33 next month and Pallister says that 30-somethings get a raw deal from the critics.
‚ÄúIt seems you cannot get away with a bad game when you are over 30 years of age,‚ÄĚ added Pally.
‚ÄúAt 21 you can have a poor match and nobody bothers. You can do the same at 26 or 29. But get to 31, 32 or 33 and suddenly everyone is saying ‚ÄėYour legs have gone‚Äô.
‚ÄúIt has been the same with Frank Lampard this season. He‚Äôs 33 and because he‚Äôs not been playing as regularly as he did at Chelsea suddenly the critics are claiming he‚Äôs finished for his club and England.
‚ÄúWhat does he do? He scores a hat-trick at Bolton last weekend and nobody is on his back anymore.
‚ÄúRio seems to be going through the same critical process. But he‚Äôll have seen it all before with other players. He‚Äôs long enough in the tooth to know how it works, no matter how wrong it is.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs well aware what the media can do. But he‚Äôs old enough and has big enough shoulders to brush it all off and come out fighting."