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Well, well, well, Rio Ferdinand has finally spoken out in a big way for a West Ham player.

The former Hammers and Man United central defender has not helped himself in the past with comments about the club.

And the fans were particularly upset last season when he appeared to regularly call on Declan Rice to quit the London Stadium for Old Trafford.

He also backed what finally appeared to be a nonsensical effort of PAI Capital to take over the club with Tony Cottee another involved in that scenario.

So it may come as some surprise that he has decided to back West Ham’s latest star James Ward-Prowse after the midfielder was omitted from the England squad.

The former Saint has been in brilliant form for his new club and it has shocked many that Gareth Southgate doesn’t appear to share their view.

Discussing the the 28 year old’s omission, Ferdinand said: “If I’m someone like Ward-Prowse I’d just retire.

“Say, “listen, don’t pick me no more. There’s no point. It’s disrespectful what you’re doing”. It is to people like him, especially Ward-Prowse who’s been putting up numbers for his team on a regular basis. What more does a man got to do to get a sniff?”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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