Man Utd defender Ferdinand open to England recall as Hodgson considers U-turn
Rio Ferdinand would play for England if he was called into the squad by manager Roy Hodgson, the Daily Mirror has reported. The Manchester United centre-back has so far been overlooked for every squad named by the former Fulham and Liverpool boss.
The Mirror claims that Ferdinand is the “in-form English defender” and, along with Tottenham Hotspur’s Michael Dawson, is under consideration for a return to the squad ahead of a World Cup qualification double-header with San Marino and Montenegro.
Ferdinand, a former England captain, has not played for the national team since June 2011, having been left out by Hodgson for what were termed “football reasons”, with the manager insisting a rumoured fall-out with John Terry was not a factor in his decision to ignore the United player.
The newspaper adds however that Hodgson is in need of experienced international defenders for the next round of fixtures, as Phil Jagielka has been struggling with injury and recently had surgery to repair a cut to his ankle, and Joleon Lescott is no longer first choice at Manchester City.
Ferdinand, who made his England debut in 2001, has not retired from international football and recently admitted he would love to return to the national team.
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