Roy Hodgson will effectively end Rio Ferdinand’s England career by not picking him for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, The Sun claim.
The Manchester United defender was omitted from the Three Lions’ Euro 2012 squad, with it being believed that Ferdinand was not included due to personal issues with John Terry.
However, after Terry’s retirement from international football it was rumoured that Ferdinand could well be part of the England set-up once more in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
With games against San Marino and Poland in October, it is believed that Ferdinand will not be included in Hodgson’s contingent for the fixtures, with the coach preferring to select younger players.
England coach Gary Neville has recently stated that Ferdinand should not be part of Hodgson plans due to his age, and as such any omission could well force the United centre-half to hang up his international boots.
Meanwhile, Mirror Football indicate that Hodgson told fellow travellers on a London underground train that Ferdinand would not be selected for the upcoming games.
By Gareth McKnight