Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is better off without England. Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson dropped a clanger by telling punters on a Tube train the Manchester United ace would not make his current squad.

Centre-back Ferdy, 33, came through at West Ham under Redknapp, who told The Sun: "At this time of his life, does Rio really need trips with England?

"I don't think he needs all that aggro any more. He still has a couple of years left in him at the very top level - maybe more if he is not playing for England.

"And if he's not wanted then he shouldn't waste his time even thinking about England.

"Concentrate on playing for your club. Focus on that and he probably won't miss England.

"He's not exactly been a regular for a while now and has had his injuries.

"Were Rio in his prime then this would be a bombshell. But Rio should listen to his body."