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Ferdinand calls for youth - Manchester United defender looking for improvement
Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012 by Sky Sport

Ferdinand calls for youth - Manchester United defender looking for improvement
Welbeck impresses Rio

Rio Ferdinand is hoping some of England's young stars can step up and take the country forward for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Speaking to Sky Sports NewsHD, Ferdinand - who was not selected for Euro 2012 - admitted his disappointment at seeing them go out at the quarter-final stage.

However, he is hopeful that the likes of Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can help drive England on.

"Expectations for the country for the first time in years were low, so the pressure eased off the lads in terms of expecting to win the tournament," he told Sky Sports.

"As a fan you want them to go as far as possible so it was unfortunate.

"The manager now has two years and hopefully we can improve but you can see positives in the likes of Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"I think it is about young players who will be introduced and it will be good to see them go on and have responsibility in the team."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia