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Rio Ferdinand glad Man Utd target won't be playing for England at the Euros

Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand says Jarred Branthwaite is 'not ready' to play for England as Euro 2024 approaches.

The 21-year-old Everton centre-half has been dropped from Gareth Southgate's final 26-man squad taking part in the international competition in Germany this summer, with Brighton's Lewis Dunk, Aston Villa's Ezri Konsa, and Crystal Palace star Marc Guehi all getting the nod ahead of him.

Speaking with Joel Beya and Fara Williams on his FIVE podcast on Monday (June 10), Rio addressed Southgate's setup when the topic of conversation turned to players who had been chosen for the final squad - as well as the fact that Branthwaite had been dropped ahead of the competition.

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Fara said: "I don't see Branthwaite as a surprise - I know people do but I just don't see it as a surprise," while Ferdinand agreed: "Nor do I. I don't see it as a surprise."

Fara added: "He can defend, he's made blocks, he makes covering runs - but we're talking about an England team that want to play with the ball." Ferdinand went on: "The way that Branthwaite has played this season - and he's done really well at Everton, really well. The clean sheets etc, just the fact that they stayed up and he's been a main part of that is great.

"But he's defending a lot of the time on the edge of his box, like a low block team. England don't want to play like that - England want to have the ball and pass and start attacks, and he hasn't shown that he can do that yet at a top level."

When Fara added that he could have been 'found out', Rio jumped

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