ABOVE: Rio Ferdinand retired from England duty earlier this month
In most PL teams retaining the ball is done best by foreign players in the team
RIO FERDINAND has rubbished England's infamous 'golden generation', claiming successful Premier League clubs rely on foreign players NOT home-grown stars.
Along with Ferdinand, England stars Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Michael Owen and David Beckham were once part of a England side strongly-tipped to win an international tournament.
But, with most of that side now retired or reaching retirement age, a handful of quarter-final appearances are all they have to show for their Three Lions efforts, despite impressive performances for their clubs over the same period.
And Ferdinand suggested the group were unable to match the success of their respective Premier League sides when on international duty, because they didn't have foreign stars to do the dirty work for them.
"In most PL teams retaining the ball is done best by foreign players in the team," he wrote on Twitter.
He added: "So called 'Golden generation' obviously wasn't 'golden' because we won nothing! Great players don't always make great teams.
"[In the]last 10yrs when have England played consistently well? A coaching strategy for our young teams/kids needs to be implemented to see change."
Ferdinand echoed the fears of England legend Gary Lineker, who earlier this week accused current boss Roy Hodgson of taking his team back to the "dark ages", following Wednesday night's drab 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland.