Hodgson cast doubt over Ferdinand’s England future
England manager Roy Hodgson has refused to confirm whether or not Rio Ferdinand remains in his future plans.
The Manchester United defender withdrew from the Three Lions’ squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro, citing a personal training regime as a major factor in his decision.
However, it has since emerged that the 34-year-old will be travelling to the Middle East to partake in media coverage of England’s fixture against San Marino.
Ferdinand defended his actions, stating that the arrangement will take place during pre-assigned down time, but it has been suggested that his decision has all but ended his chances of winning another international cap.
Hodgson refused to suggest that this was the case, but told Sky Sports he will “wait and see” if the centre-back will be in his future plans.
When asked about his decision to pull out of the squad, the England manager responded:
“The fact is I was disappointed when he couldn’t accept our invitation.
“What he actually does now and how he operates in the coming couple of weeks, that’s his business and his club’s business. I’m only interested in the players I’ve got here. That’s where I prefer to have my focus.”
Hodgson then went on to state that Michael Carrick will not be used as a centre-back in Ferdinand’s absence:
“I’d be loath to start using someone like Michael Carrick, it would be enormously harsh on the four centre-halves we’ve got here.”