Sir Alex Ferguson believes there is no way back for Rio Ferdinand into Roy Hodgson’s England squad, despite John Terry announcing his international retirement.
Ferdinand was omitted from Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad, but the decision was marred in controversy after Terry had been accused of racially abusing Rio’s brother, Anton in October last year.
The England manager insisted the decision was based on “footballing reasons” and Ferguson feels Ferdinand will not be selected anytime soon.
“It’s entirely up to Rio but I wouldn’t think he’ll get called up,” said Ferguson.
“Roy made his decision for the European Championship and I can’t see him changing that.
Ferdinand has said that he would never shut the door on his international career, but England’s focus has now turned to younger players- with the likes of Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka set to battle it out to claim Terry’s place in the team, alongside Joleon Lescott.
But defensive injuries to Ferdinand’s club teammates, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, means that a shock recall is not out of the question.