Hodgson picks Stoke hardman for World Cup qualifier

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England manager Roy Hodgson has called up Stoke‘s Ryan Shawcross to the central defender role left open by John Terry.

The news comes hours after reports that Roy Hodgson told Arsenal fans on the London underground that Manchester United‘s Ferdianand had “reached the end of the road.”

The fourth central defender role came up for grabs last month after former England captain John Terry retired from international football after he was charged by the FA with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. The role has now gone to Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross for only his second cap for England.

Roy Hodgson is, according to the Telegraph, expected to reiterate his disappointment at losing John Terry’s services and to give his reasons for not picking Ferdinand, which will arguably end his international career.

However, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling will play in the Under-21s Euro play-off against Serbia instead of taking part in the qualifier, as well as Steven Caulker and Jack Butland, who will be replaced by Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

The qualifier for the 2014 World Cup against San Marino takes place at Wembley Stadium on October the 12th.