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Hodgson calls for Ferdinand and Cole to put fall-out behind them for England

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By Andrew Tuft

Friday 15 March 2013

England manager Roy Hodgson wants to Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand put their disagreement behind them and work together for the good of the national team, the Daily Mirror has reported, after Manchester United defender Ferdinand was recalled to the international set-up and the Chelsea left-back kept his place.

Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand

The pair were said to be close friends at one time but the relationship frayed when Cole gave evidence in support of Chelsea teammate John Terry, who was on trial after being accused of racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton Ferdinand. Terry denied the charge and was found not guilty.

I know Ashley and Rio were very good friends,” Hodgson said. “We’re talking about England as a football team, not purely ¬individuals, and I expect the pair of them to do their job with England.

Hodgson insisted he does not expect a problem to arise between Ferdinand and Cole but vowed to deal with it if it did, and suggested that if Ferdinand and Cole can co-exist and Ferdinand looks capable of handling the rigours of international football, and maintains his current form, then the United defender could earn a place at next year’s World Cup.

Ferdinand had previously been excluded from every Hodgson squad, making his last England appearance against Switzerland in June 2011. He has though returned to the party ahead of the World Cup qualification double-header against San Marino and Montenegro.

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