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“No way” – Rio Ferdinand reacts to England team news involving Chelsea player

“No way” – Rio Ferdinand reacts to England team news involving Chelsea player

Rio Ferdinand, a former defender for Manchester United and England, responded to reports regarding the Chelsea player that was mentioned in tonight’s England team announcement.

Cole Palmer is expected to start tonight’s England match against Slovenia, but his Chelsea teammate appears to be starting as well.

Sources: Jonathan Chelsea’s plans for David, his agent negotiating for a new club, Guiu’s decision coming shortly, and the hype around Solanke continues.
After Palmer’s amazing season, it’s criminal that Gareth Southgate still ignores him, but that’s Southgate for you—a poor manager in my opinion. But rather than dwelling on Palmer’s lack of start, let’s highlight this one’s great news.

Of course, this is fantastic news for Gallagher and Chelsea since he is expected to start tonight in centre midfield with Declan Rice, where he will replace Trent Alexander Arnold.

Gallagher has performed well for Chelsea this season, and despite the uncertainty surrounding his contract and future with the team, he is still very much a Chelsea player for the time being and may even decide to stay.

But Ferdinand doesn’t sound all that interested.

Rio doesn’t seem very impressed—in fact, he doesn’t seem impressed at all—that Gallagher might be starting tonight!

Ferdinand denied the claims that Gallagher will begin performing tonight, as reported on X. We’re going to bring Gallagher on in an attempt to gain control of the game. Not a chance.

To be honest, I think he makes a valid point here, but he also fails to recognise the three things Gallagher brings to the table: aggression, intensity, and high pressing—three things this England squad has sorely lacked since the Euros began.

Rio does, however, have a point when it comes to managing games with possession, attacking, and creative features. Gallagher is fantastic, but he is more of a midfield destroyer than a guy who would bolster England’s woefully unbalanced assault.

 

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