Hodgson delivers hammer blow to United defender

Rio Ferdinand Manchester United

England Manager Roy Hodgson is facing a fresh scandal concerning Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after claiming his England career was over on a London tube train.

The former West Brom boss announced his squad at a press conference today and as expected, did not include the 33-year-old centre back.

The claim was made on a jubilee train as Hodgson was reported to have said that “it was the end of the road” for Rio, according to the Daily Mail.

This will come as another surprising snub to a defender who has been capped by his country 81 times and was hoping for a fresh opportunity to play for the national team, after John Terry recently retired from international football.

Rio Ferdinand himself, recently mentioned that he was aiming to play at least 35 games competitively this season after having his last few seasons hampered with injury. He will be expected to be starting in the Premier League game on Sunday against Newcastle United.