Ramsey defends Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has received support from QPR head coach Chris Ramsey after he was urged to retire by Tottenham supporters on Saturday.

QPR head coach Chris Ramsey has come out in support of Rio Ferdinand after the veteran defender was mocked by supporters during QPR's Premier League defeat to Tottenham on Saturday.

Tottenham ran out 2-1 winners at Loftus Road, and visiting fans were heard chanting "Rio Ferdinand, it's time to retire," at the former England captain.

A number of QPR supporters appeared to join in with the song, yet Ramsey declared himself satisfied with Ferdinand's display.

"I think Rio applied himself well. I was very pleased with the way he played," said Ramsey.

"I think when you're in the position we are and goals go in there's always going to be people who get the blame or people who look more at others.

"For Rio to be at the age he is [36] and playing at this level and applying himself in training and in games, I think we need to keep encouraging him to do what he's doing."