QPR boss Redknapp: Man Utd defender Ferdinand is England's best

QPR boss Harry Redknapp rates Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand as England's best defender.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp rates Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand as England's best defender.

Redknapp wrote in The Sun: "I listen to the experts who write him off as past his best — and it’s nonsense. He has 81 caps so far and, while it might be a tough task, he has it in him to reach 100.

"I understand the decisions Rio has to make but I sincerely hope he carries on playing for his country for as long as he can.

"Just a couple of weeks ago I watched Rio in action for Manchester United at Queens Park Rangers. He was outstanding. I can’t think of another English centre-half who would beat him for pace over any distance.

"Chris Smalling could become a great player of the future. But Alex Ferguson seems to prefer Rio — and Fergie’s no fool, is he?

"Rio could have been a midfielder as well as a defender. He was — and still is — so comfortable on the ball that he seems blessed. And what do you want from your squad at a major tournament?"

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